New York, New Jersey Politicians Seek To Prevent Election Meddling

August 05, 2018 - 12:42 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- Democratic Politicians in both New York and New Jersey are asking Congress for more money to help protect voting machines from hacking, but the funds appear to be hard to come by.

After a recent report named New Jersey one of the top five state whose election system were most vulnerable to hacking, politicians quickly petitioned the federal government for funding to fix the issues. However, they were denied by Republicans in Washington.

“This President and administration and Congress, need to take this threat seriously and I would say this committee needs to take this threat seriously,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) at a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

The report said New Jersey's voting machines do not have a paper record, making it "nearly impossible" to tell if they had been hacked and vote tallies changed.

Both the House and Senate decline to allocate millions of dollars in grants to states when they passed spending bills funding the Election Assistance Commission for a 12-month period beginning Oct. 1.

“When it comes to not tipping off our adversaries, as to what we know and how we know it, and what we are doing to guard against it in the future,” said Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina). “If there’s ever an argument for things to be done in confidence, I think that is the best.