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Bipartisan Bill Would Boost States’ Election Cybersecurity

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Sen. Susan Collins on Manafort, Russia Probe, Tax Reform

Two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are proposing legislation aimed at hardening state voting systems against cyberattacks as part of a two-track response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The bill proposed Tuesday by Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Martin Heinrich of New Mexico would authorize federal grants to states to upgrade their systems and require better sharing of information about efforts to hack state voting systems. The government confirmed that Russians sought to probe the databases of 21 states last year, but delayed for months disclosing which states were targeted.