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Congressman Bennie Thompson

Representing the District of Mississippi

Congressman Thompson Addresses Failure of Grant Paperwork Submission in Sec. Hosemann Letter

May 22, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Thompson Addresses Failure of Grant Paperwork Submission in Sec. Hosemann Letter

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) sent a letter to Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, urging him to submit paperwork on behalf of the state required to receive grant funding from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

“Russian interference in the 2016 election was a watershed moment for our democracy,” Thompson wrote in the letter. “Russia’s efforts have affected public confidence in elections and its efforts have shown no signs of cooling. Mississippi currently uses a combination of paper ballots and direct recording electronic voting machines (DREs) without a voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).”

“Cyber experts agree that the use of DREs without VVPAT is less secure and should be retired, and that States should implement risk-limiting audits regardless of the method of voting used in the State.  Moreover, I believe that election officials in Mississippi would benefit from cybersecurity training.  Although the funding provided through this initial grant program may not pay for all Mississippi plans to do to secure its elections, it will certainly help.”

Letter to Mississippi Secretary of State

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