WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) applauded President Biden for fulfilling her request to include $10 billion for election security in President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget.
“In February, I urged President Biden to invest $5 billion in our nation’s aging and inconsistent election infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “I’m pleased to see the Administration shares my concern and has committed $10 billion to meet the needs of our communities. As someone who has seen firsthand how dangerous it can be when election systems fail us, this funding will ensure we don’t face the same breakdowns we experienced across Georgia in 2018 and 2020.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Bourdeaux led over 40 of her colleagues in urging the Administration to invest $5 billion in our nation’s election infrastructure. As a result, President Biden’s proposed budget includes $10 billion in new elections assistance funding to help local communities secure election infrastructure. Election infrastructure includes voter registration databases, polling locations, information technology systems, voting systems, storage facilities, and staffing to support this infrastructure, as well as the security necessary to safeguard the integrity of our elections.
Congresswoman Boudreaux experienced firsthand the chaos and confusion aging and poorly maintained election systems can produce. In both 2018 and 2020, election centers across Georgia were plagued with a multitude of administrative and technological problems that limited voter access and called election results into question. President Biden’s commitment to investing in local election infrastructure will help communities better plan and prepare for elections, restoring integrity to our elections and ensuring free and fair elections for all Americans.
In addition to investing in election infrastructure, the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget also includes funding to expand the U.S. Postal Service delivery capacity in underserved areas and support for vote-by-mail, including making ballots postage-free and reducing the cost of other election-related mail for jurisdictions and voters.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.