Election organizations mount prompt opposition to DHS voting systems takeover bid

Election organizations mount prompt opposition to DHS voting systems takeover bid
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[Ed. – Reported on here Friday.  This federal encroachment is genuinely anti-constitutional.  The Constitution puts the states in charge of running the vote, for elections at all levels.  That’s a good thing.  The election orgs are right to be upset and determined about this.]

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the move Friday with 30 minutes’ notice to the National Association of Secretaries of State and U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an independent bipartisan federal agency that develops voluntary voting guidelines and certifies voting systems. …

Christy McCormick, a commissioner for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, said the decision potentially gives significant authority to numerous federal agencies. “We don’t know how this will work. This has not been thought out (and) the scope of what they’re speaking about is huge,” she said. …

McCormick said Homeland Security ignored commissioners’ requests to delay a decision until there is more discussion. She called the move an example of “federal overreach” and said she will ask President-elect Donald Trump to review the decision. …

The designation allows for sensitive security information that’s shared with DHS to be withheld from the public, which U.S. officials say will allow for frank discussions that would prevent bad actors from learning about vulnerabilities. DHS would also be able to grant security clearances when appropriate and provide more detailed threat information to states.

Merrill said the injection of secrecy into the process was her “chief concern.”

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