Assemblymember Berman Says Our Elections are Secure but State Must Continue to be Vigilant

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement in response to the Joint Legislative Hearing of the Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee and the Senate Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee. Committee members, cybersecurity experts, and elections officials discussed continued efforts by foreign operatives to influence U.S. elections and additional ways to shield California’s voting systems from increasingly sophisticated attacks.

“Our voting systems were not hacked during the 2016 elections, but they are under constant threat,” said Assemblymember Berman, Chair of the Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee. “Californians can feel confident knowing that we are being vigilant and taking proactive steps to protect our elections from interference.”

The following panelists participated in today’s hearing:

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

Matthew Masterson, Commissioner, United States Election Assistance Commission

Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County; Member, United States Department of Homeland Security, Government Coordinating Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector

Dean Logan, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County; President, California Association of Clerks and Election Officials

Gail Pellerin, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, Santa Cruz County

Andrew Grotto, William J. Perry International Security Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; former Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy, The White House

Pamela Smith, Special Advisor and Past President, Verified Voting


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