Statement by Secretary Jeh Johnson on the Designation of Election Infrastructure
as a Critical Infrastructure Subsector
Release Date: January 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.
I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By “election infrastructure,” we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.
Prior to reaching this determination, my staff and I consulted many state and local election officials; I am aware that many of them are opposed to this designation. It is important to stress what this designation does and does not mean. This designation does not mean a federal takeover, regulation, oversight or intrusion concerning elections in this country. This designation does nothing to change the role state and local governments have in administering and running elections.
The designation of election infrastructure as critical infrastructure subsector does mean that election infrastructure becomes a priority within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. It also enables this Department to prioritize our cybersecurity assistance to state and local election officials, but only for those who request it. Further, the designation makes clear both domestically and internationally that election infrastructure enjoys all the benefits and protections of critical infrastructure that the U.S. government has to offer. Finally, a designation makes it easier for the federal government to have full and frank discussions with key stakeholders regarding sensitive vulnerability information.
Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do.
Full Press Release HERE.
WTH? Nationalized Voting?
Why would this lackwit, Muslim, Obama-zombie even consider such a move?
Not only is this a perversion of our democratic voting rights as a nation, but it is NOT within the power and scope of DHS to make laws. It usurps states rights and the right of congress. He called the states back in August to “offer” assistance on cybersecurity if they wanted it. Yet the courts forced states to stop when voter id was under review. That in itself helped curb some fraud in states that had a form of voter id in place.
Plain and simple stop using voting machines that are computerized in any way, go back to hand-counting along with better security measures, and certified guards. Link state records to check names registered against social security numbers, death certificates and current addresses before allowing a person to complete the registration to vote process. Don’t allow online computer voting and registration. How about scanning the magnetic strip on current driver’s license or identification card as they come in the door so that only those databased for the location (downloaded the night before election day) will be allowed to move into the voting area?
The only cyberattacks mentioned at all were done BY DHS according to Georgia more on their system. The only proven irregularities came from Democrats who launched underhanded means for manipulating outcomes like bussing in or trading votes.
Why now less than 15 days before Trump takes office? What purpose does this stupidity serve? Or, is it covering up with sleight of hand?