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The Cybersecurity 202: Time’s running out for Congress to boost 2020 election security

The Cybersecurity 202: Time's running out for Congress to boost 2020 election security

WASHINGTON – If Congress wants to deliver more money for states to secure the 2020 election against hackers, it had better get moving.

That’s the message from Vermont’s top election official, Jim Condos, a Democrat who ends his term as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State this week.

There are just about six months left during which states could responsibly spend a big infusion of federal money aimed at protecting the 2020 contest, Condos said. If Congress approves new funding after that, most of it won’t be spent until the next federal election cycle, he said. The warning comes as intelligence officials are cautioning that Russia and other U.S. adveraries are likely to try to interfere in the 2020 election in a repeat of the Russian hacking and disinformation operation that upended the 2016 contest.

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