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Four Senators Support Bill to Require Paper Ballots for U.S. Elections

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., are supporting Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., new bill aiming to help secure elections from cyber threats. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 would require U.S. federal elections to employ physical paper ballots and undergo post-voting audits to limit risks, Wyden’s office said Thursday.

“We have seen undeniable evidence that adversaries interfered in our 2016 elections and are planning similar efforts in the future,” said Sen. Peters. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this bill to help secure our elections and strengthen faith in our political system.”

The addition of the four senators to bill’s support comes a month before the upcoming U.S. elections.

Wyden, along with five other Democratic party senators, originally introduced the bill in June this year.

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