US designates election infrastructure as 'critical'

The US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has designated US election systems as “critical infrastructure,” a move that provides more federal help for state and local governments to keep their election systems safe from cyber attacks.

Johnson made the announcement on Friday, citing increasingly sophisticated foreign-backed cyber attacks and an election infrastructure that is “vital to our national interests.”

“Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law,” Johnson said in a statement.

“Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do,” he added.

Johnson said election infrastructure included polling places, vote tabulation locations and storage facilities, in addition to the technology involved in the process, including voter registration databases, voting…

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