A group of Democratic congress members including Toledo’s Marcy Kaptur wants the U.S. House of Representatives to probe Russia’s attacks on 21 state voting systems during the 2016 elections.
In a letter sent Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Kaptur and members of Congress from 18 of the states targeted by hackers sought congressional briefings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security on the efforts to breach voter registration files and public election sites.
Kaptur’s office said Ohio was among the 21 states whose election systems were targeted by the Russian government, but Congress hasn’t investigated the cyberattacks, or discussed legislation to improve voting system security.
Hackers unsuccessfully targeted Ohio’s elections system last year
A Ryan spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the letter from Kaptur and her colleagues.
A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said that last summer an IP address unsuccessfully tried to find a weakness in Ohio’s system. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security security contractor immediately spotted the attempt – which lasted less than a second – but the department didn’t notify state officials until this September.
Husted also has said cyberattackers would have a hard time disrupting Ohio’s elections, and has urged against any federal takeover of state and local voting systems.