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House GOP aims to shut down agency that helps ensure election security

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Staff Writer | July 18, 2017
House Republicans are seeking to close out the U.S. Election Assistance Commission - an agency that helps ensure election security - as part of proposed budget cuts.
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Although voting, including in federal elections, is the domain of state authority, the commission's exclusive mandate is to provide a secure voting process.

The move to eliminate the agency comes as the EAC is working with the FBI to examine attacks on some of the agency's computers last year.

"People supporting the EAC are quite frankly proponents for a greater federal role in our elections," Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., said last month. "States themselves, they're responsible for all the elections. We do not have a federally run election system."

House GOP members argue that the agency's work, which includes training officials and keeping them current on possible weaknesses in the election process, is already done by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Any remaining duties the agency handles can be done by the Federal Elections Commission, they say.