pair of senators on Friday introduced a bipartisan bill to create a program within the State Department to share information with U.S. global allies about election security. The measure would establish a way for the United States and other countries to share information on the best practices for administering elections, such as combating disinformation campaigns and conducting post-election audits. The bill is a companion to similar bipartisan legislation passed by the House earlier this year. Under the legislation, the new State Department program would offer grants to American nonprofit groups that work on election security to share information with similar groups in other countries. Foreign election officials would also be brought to the U.S. to study the election process and the program would offer U.S. election officials the chance to examine other nations’ election security measures.
The State Department would be required to brief Congress every two years on the status of the program, and to send biannual reports to the congressional panels on foreign affairs.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, introduced the Senate version of the bill, along with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).
“This bipartisan legislation will allow the State Department to work with our allies abroad to share information, discuss best practices, and combat the growing threat of election interference to democracies around the world,” Klobuchar said in a statement.