Congress is back in Washington, D.C., this week to tackle a to-do list so packed it unfurls all the way down to the Anacostia River. Lawmakers aren’t only expected to focus on taxes, the budget, the debt ceiling and other such priorities. They also could begin paying attention to the potential threats against elections next year or in 2020.
Current and former intelligence officials warn that 2016’s election won’t have been an isolated incident; Russian or other foreign mischief-makers could return and interfere again.
Advocates say the U.S. can do a number of things to safeguard the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential race against the kind of interference that Russia launched against the 2016 campaign. Here’s a look at four things Congress, the White House, state and local election officials and other stakeholders could do.