Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Rep. Todd Rokita issued the following statement in regards to the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of state election systems as federally protected “critical infrastructure.”
“As a former Secretary of State, I know the dangers that executive overreach can cause at the state level. Our nation’s founders intended for our election process to be much more state-based, as they did not want the federal government controlling and interfering with a process that must be controlled by the people themselves. State and local governments more directly represent the people, and allow people the ability to more effectively control the election of their officials.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s recent designation creates uncertainly and confusion that will make it harder for Secretaries of State to do their jobs and ensure free and fair elections. I support the National Association of Secretaries of State’s efforts calling for a rollback of this designation, and will continue to push legislative options to restore the federalism intended by our Constitution.”
Rep. Todd Rokita served as Indiana’s Secretary of State from 2003 to 2011, and as the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) for the 2007-2008 term.
NASS has come out against this designation which could create burdensome new regulations related to elections. In response to the Department’s move, NASS is forming a task force on election cybersecurity and adopting a bipartisan resolution opposing the new designation.