Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Gov. Hogan to Take Necessary Steps to Secure State Election Security

April 9, 2018
Press Release
Lawmakers Tout $7 Million in New Federal Grants to Protect Maryland’s Election System from Cyberattacks

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, pressing him to allocate the required state matching funds to improve Maryland’s election infrastructure ahead of the 2018 midterms.

“As you know, the Maryland State election system was the target of an attempted intrusion by hostile actors during the 2016 election,” the Members wrote. “While there is no indication the perpetrators were successful in breaching the state election network, federal officials have made clear they expect continued assaults on our election infrastructure in 2018 and beyond. In response, we in Congress have acted swiftly to better understand the threat and to appropriate the resources needed to harden our election systems.”

The Members continued: “With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, we hope you work quickly and collaboratively with the Maryland State Board of Elections to ensure Maryland has access to this critical federal funding.”

The Members requested a response from Governor Hogan by April 20, 2018.

The full text of the letter is available here.

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