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Senate must pass election security reforms

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It’s time to recognize election security as fundamental to America’s national security. Today, America’s elections are under attack from hostile foreign actors like Russia and Iran. That’s not a talking point. It’s a fact.

National security shouldn’t be a partisan squabble, yet Sen. Mitch McConnell has ignored three bipartisan election security bills that are stuck in committee.

While there are always differences about how best to keep the country safe, both parties have always fulfilled the government’s solemn duty to protect the nation. That’s why Congress’s intransigence on election security is so troubling.

Free and fair elections are at the core of America’s constitutional democracy. People obey laws and trust leaders precisely because they have confidence that those leaders are the products of trustworthy elections. With the 2020 elections fast approaching, Congress must act quickly this fall to ensure they have integrity. It’s their job, and it’s what the American people deserve.

Chris Gagin

St. Clairsville, Ohio

The writer is a legal adviser for Republicans for the Rule of Law.

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