Bill seeks to pro­tect elec­tion sys­tems from for­eign foes

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For­eign na­tion­als would be pro­hib­ited from own­ing or con­trol­ling com­pa­nies that sup­port U.S. elec­tion sys­tems un­der leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by two sen­a­tors from Mary­land, where of­fi­cials learned this sum­mer that a Rus­sian oli­garch is heavily in­vested in a com­pany that main­tains key parts of their state’s elec­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

The mea­sure would re­quire com­pa­nies that pro­vide elec­tions ser­vices to re­port any for­eign na­tional who owns or con­trols their firm to the sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity, the Elec­tion As­sis­tance Com­mis­sion and state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. It also would re­quire com­pa­nies to pro­vide no­tice of any ma­te­rial change in own­er­ship or con­trol.

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