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Bill aims to block foreign ownership of election systems



WASHINGTON — Days after Maryland officials announced that an election service vendor was acquired by a company linked to a Russian oligarch, two congressmen introduced legislation requiring that election systems vendors are owned and controlled by domestic companies.

Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, and Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, introduced the legislation Thursday.

The Protecting Election Systems from Foreign Control Act would also require the Department of Homeland Security and the Election Assistance Commission to provide guidance and technical assistance to state and local election agencies. It would establish a database so agencies can verify whether a vendor is not foreign controlled and create an annual review process to examine changes in ownership or control.

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