October 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights the Need for State Assistance to Prevent Ongoing Threat of Foreign Interference One Month Before the Election

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Amy  Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in a letter to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) asking what steps are being taken in the final month before the election to assist states in administering safe, secure, and successful elections.

“Election officials are on the front lines of the democratic process and many have worked around the clock to ensure that Americans can safely and securely cast their ballots,” the senators wrote. “As the only federal agency with the sole mission of improving the administration of elections, you have a critical role to play in helping states administer safe, secure, and successful elections. Your mission is especially important this year as states change how elections are administered in light of the pandemic and continued threats from foreign adversaries.”


The U.S. Intelligence Community has left no doubt that foreign adversaries, particularly Russia, are actively working to undermine the 2020 elections as they did with the 2016 and 2018 elections. With just one month before the 2020 general elections, it is important for the federal government to assist states to the fullest extent possible in order to ensure all Americans can safely cast their votes.

A full copy of the letter can be found HERE.