WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), joined by Congressmen Colin Allred (TX-32), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), and 30 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government calling for $5 billion in election security funding for the coming fiscal year. This funding would be distributed as grants to states and local governments to help fund election security efforts.
“In February, I urged President Biden to invest $5 billion in our nation’s aging and inconsistent election infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “Today, I am pushing the House to use its power of the purse to dedicate $5 billion for the next fiscal year. 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, and applauded President Biden for including a plan to significantly increase funding for election security in his FY23 budget.
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. 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.
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.
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.