Secure elections should not be a partisan concern

One of the bedrock principles of American democracy is the promise of free and fair elections. This is a principle that we now know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, was compromised in the 2016 presidential election and remains vulnerable to interference going forward.

Whether our president gives credence to the findings of our intelligence community is immaterial. The CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and each of their current, administration-appointed leaders all agree: Russia used hacking and fake news to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in at least 21 states, including Pennsylvania. Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, has said that he has no doubt that Russia is trying to “undermine Western democracy.”

We cannot sit by and let that happen.

Today, I am circulating a cosponsor memo to my colleagues to solicit their support for a resolution I will soon introduce urging the U.S. Congress to definitively acknowledge Russia’s involvement in attempting to subvert our electoral process, to hold that foreign power accountable for its reprehensible, criminal acts and to take the necessary measures to secure and strengthen our electoral system.

Secure elections are not a partisan issue – they are an American right. The people of this commonwealth and those of every state in America deserve a system in which they can trust.