Ben Ray Luján Wants Innovation to Secure Elections
Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on Thursday introduced the Voting Innovation Prize Act to establish an innovation prize to engage the technology community in the effort to strengthen and secure the electoral process. By encouraging the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to come together to develop solutions, Luján’s bill aims to increase access to the ballot box and prevent foreign attempts to compromise U.S. elections. If passed, the bill would award $25 million in annual prize funding for five years to encourage the development of solutions to increase voter participation and improve the integrity and credibility of U.S. elections. Additionally, it would reinforce the efforts of the Election Assistance Commission to improve awareness among election officials about threats to U.S. elections and increase the overall resilience of the election process. “Our democracy is at its best when all voices are heard. Unfortunately, whether due to long lines, antiquated voting systems, or restrictive voter laws, too many Americans face too many obstacles to participating in our elections. In addition, Russia attacked our elections in 2016, and is poised to do so again. Congress must take action to increase access to the ballot box and protect our elections,” said Luján. “This competition will tap into America’s innovative spirit to strengthen our democracy.” More here.