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senate Bill S. 1321

Should Hacking Voting Systems Be a Federal Crime?

Argument in favor

Foreign adversaries such as Russia are actively seeking to hack America’s elections to undermine the democratic process. This can’t be allowed if faith in elections is to be maintained, so it’s important to prosecute those who engage in such crimes under federal law.

Ayush's Opinion
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11/02/2019
Who actually said no to this? Everyone, on both sides of the aisle, support stronger election security (except for perhaps the President, who benefited from Russian hacking in 2016.)
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/16/2019
Senate Bill S.1321 AKA the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the Senate Bill S.1321 AKA the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act which would make it a federal crime to hack any voting systems used in a federal election and allow the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to pursue federal charges against anyone accused of such crimes. Foreign adversaries such as Russia are actively seeking to hack America’s elections to undermine the democratic process. This can’t be allowed if faith in elections is to be maintained, so it’s important to prosecute those who engage in such crimes under federal law. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻S.1321👍🏻👍🏻. 5.16.19.....
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Sheila's Opinion
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11/02/2019
Yes we need to make it a Federal offense! However republicans have shown no interest in securing our elections. Because the only way republicans win is by gerrymandering, cheating and purging voter rolls. It should be devastating to know 70% of Americans hate the GOP and are excited to see the party be damaged beyond repair! They deserve everything they get and then some!
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Argument opposed

Interfering with voting machines is already a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the federal government shouldn’t need additional legislation to give it the right to prosecute election hackers.

JTJ's Opinion
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11/02/2019
This is a baloney bill. If democrats really cared about election integrity, they would insist on the common sense requirement of voter ID.
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David's Opinion
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11/02/2019
This is already a crime in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Get a clue. This is just more Democratic grand standing!
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Geneva's Opinion
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11/03/2019
Need VOTER ID and a paper receipt so you can prove 1 person 1 vote.
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bill Progress


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      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 6th, 2019
    Hacking voting machines should absolutely be a federal crime! Voting and fair elections make up the fundamental of our democracy!
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    I am with KansasTamale on this one... it is treason and should be punishable by death.
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    It would be better if we were already prosecuting the crimes we have established, but since some people refuse to take election security seriously in the face of hacking from foreign governments, I think this bill will at least remind the Senate and others that we need to protect voting systems. I don't see that it will cost anything, so I can support it.
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    Absolutely! END THE DIRTY TRICKS OF ANY PARTY !
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    Since it affects ALL of us....YEP!
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    Voter integrity is incredibly important and answering no to this is just crazy because it would apply to everyone. First it has to be put up for a vote instead of in the hole that McConnell has stashed the other bills sent to the Senate.
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    Absolutely
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    Duh.
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    The federal government needs to keep its distance from infringing on our elections, the state’s AJ should decide if federal help is needed to investigate or prosecute this crime.
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    The only sure way to stop the hacking is to return to the paper ballot. I'm all in favor of the paper ballot and had it not been for the hanging chads in the 2000 election we wouldn't have this problem. I firmly believe the 2016 election was rigged and don't want it to happen in 2020,,,
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    That’s a silly question! Of course it should! Of course, the GOP will vote along party lines to block the measure! Lying and Cheating is the only way they cans win!
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    If hacking voting systems is not already a federal crime it needs to be so as soon as possible. That is if McConnell will allow a senate vote. Cheating seems to be the strategy for republicans to get elected.
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    There should be severe consequences for Election rigging, Gerrymandering and anything that is indicative of voter suprression. It should be considered a Federal crime with severe prison sentences.
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    Yes. I can’t believe this is a question.
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    It should be an international crime
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    Need VOTER ID and a paper receipt so you can prove 1 person 1 vote.
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    Why shouldn’t it ! This is not a game of “Ooo” chance, this is the system like it or not. That America must rely on to select. As was deemed by the founding Architech’s that it should travel.
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    Our votes deserve to be protected, please do what you can to make it easier for Americans to vote and for our vote to be secure once it is cast.
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    What American would say no to this!! Only a member if the trump supporter would be ok with allowing hacking during an election.
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    Lol. It’s not already? What little respect I had for this monstrosity of a government is now gone. You can pass 194 laws against California avocados but it’s not illegal to hack elections. Ok. Government is awesome. We need more of it. Lol. Idiots.
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