WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 4736, the Honest Elections Act, a Republican-led, election security bill aimed at preventing foreign actors from meddling in our nation’s elections.
To effectively deter foreign meddling in our nation’s elections, the Honest Elections Act would update existing election laws like the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The bill also adopts a modern, common-sense approach for disclosing who has paid for online political ads, increases monitoring of spending by foreign nationals in elections, bans ballot harvesting, and prohibits the Election Assistance Commission funds from going to states allowing non-citizen voting.
“The type of interference we saw in the 2016 presidential election with Russia’s misinformation campaign is unacceptable, which is why I’m putting forth the Honest Elections Act. Our bill is designed to fight nefarious actors from intruding in our elections without infringing on Americans’ right to free speech or requiring unworkable standards for digital communications,” said Ranking Member Davis. “We may never be able to prevent criminal activity, whether that’s in our elections or in our day-to-day lives, but we can provide our law enforcement with the best tools and resources available. It’s imperative that our elections systems are free from foreign influence, and I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support this legislation and put the needs of the American people first.”
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