About the bill
Computer hackers have been able to hack some American voting machines in only seven minutes.
A new bill could eliminate paperless voting machines, which experts say are the most vulnerable to hacking and tampering. It would also expand the use of post-election audits, which are currently rare and usually only used in event of a recount.
About one out of four Americans currently vote on touchscreen voting machines which produce no paper trail, like a receipt.
This worries many, because such electronic systems are much more susceptible to hacking or other malpractice. And without a non-electronic confirmation that a person voted, any evidence of potential tampering could disappear — and do so without anyone even knowing until it was too late.
What the bill does
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017
Length: 44 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on December 21, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
5 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Senator Lankfords Office Releases 2017 Activity Report”
— Sen. James Lankford [R-OK] (Sponsor) on Jan 2, 2018
Dec 21, 2017
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S. 2261 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2261. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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