“Today’s meeting demonstrated, once again, that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is a commission in search of a problem”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today released the following statement following the first meeting held by the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.
“Today’s meeting demonstrated, once again, that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is a commission in search of a problem,” Klobuchar said. “There is zero evidence of ‘wide-spread voter fraud,’ but we do know that Russia attempted to hack into the election systems of 21 states. This Commission should immediately and completely rescind their request for states’ voter data, and this Administration should prioritize addressing legitimate threats, like cyberattacks on our elections.”
As Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, Klobuchar has introduced legislation to improve the security of U.S. election systems and make commonsense improvements to election administration. She has also called the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity into question and requested details of the Commission’s compliance with the Federal Advisory Commission Act (FACA). In early January, Klobuchar introduced legislation with four other senators to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
At the end of last year, Klobuchar was in Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Georgia to reinforce support for our Eastern European allies and to focus on mounting international cybersecurity threats. The bipartisan congressional delegation was led by Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and also included Klobuchar and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.