ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN URGES CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 21 attorneys general, urged congressional leaders to improve American cyber security and protect the integrity of the upcoming 2018 midterm election, and elections to come, against cyberattacks and infiltrations like the ones committed by Russia in 2016. The latest investigations into that attack show Russian hackers targeted the American electoral system, stole the private information of hundreds of thousands of people, and infiltrated a company that supplies voting software across the nation, putting the election at serious risk.
"The 2016 elections were subjected to an unprecedented cyberattack and Illinois was a specific target," Madigan said. "Voters in Illinois and across America need to know that we are doing everything possible to protect our upcoming elections."
In the letter sent by Madigan and the coalition of attorneys general, they urged that Congress take three steps to address election security concerns:
Joining Madigan in sending the letter are the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.