President Trump made it a federal crime to attempt hacking voting systems after signing it to legislation. 

Last month, the House approved The Defending the Integrity Voting Systems Act, over one year following the Senate’s unanimous approval. Trump signed the legislation two weeks before the election.

By law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) can now press charges on anyone who attempts to hack a voting system under the Computer and Abuse Act, which is used by an agency to go after hackers, so that charges can be pursued. 

This bipartisan bill was introduced in 2019 by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).  

Originally, the bill was introduced as a result of a 2018 report assembled by the DOJ’s Digital Task Force, which assesses different ways the federal government can improve its response to cyber threats.

After Russian agents interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, concerns revolving around election security remain at an all-time high, with federal officials warning in recent months that other countries are seeking to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, such as Russia, Iran, and China.

The Hill reported there was no evidence that any votes in 20126 were changed, however, lawmakers and officials want to prevent history from repeating itself. 

“The Department of Justice will now be equipped with powerful tools to vigorously prosecute and stop malicious hackers attempting to hack our election infrastructure,” Blumenthal said.

Since 2016, local, state, and federal officials have taken extra steps to protect against election fraud. 

Written ByEddie Huijon

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