Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Cosponsors Election Security Bill

May 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced today he will cosponsor another bill to secure U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019.

The PAVE Act would require that all states use paper ballots or machines that produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail and conduct risk limiting audits after all federal elections, among other changes.

“The news this week that Russia successfully hacked into the voting system in two counties in Florida reinforces what the vast majority of our national security and intelligence experts, including the heads of the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the FBI and the National Security Agency, have said – that foreign adversaries have been trying to influence U.S. elections,” Rep. Cooper said. “Paper ballots are one of the most important ways to make our elections more secure.”

Although officials initially denied interference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed this week that the voting system in two counties in Florida were compromised in 2016. Election results were not affected.

The PAVE Act comes on the heels of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that confirmed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which included the @TEN_GOP Twitter account ran by Russian nationals that had 150,000 followers.