Cummings Issues Statement on Report Finding No Hostile Activity on Maryland’s Election Systems

November 29, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (November 29, 2018)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement in response to a report announcing the results of a review of Maryland’s election systems:

“I am relieved that a comprehensive federal and state review found no evidence of hostile activity on Maryland’s state election systems and other networks. I want to commend the cooperative efforts by state officials, DHS, and the FBI to ensure that our networks are strong and resilient. This process has raised policy issues around election vendor transparency and security, and I will work with my colleagues to pass legislation that best addresses these issues and strengthens the security of our elections.”

This review was initiated at the request of state lawmakers—a request supported by Cummings and the entire Maryland congressional delegation—after it was revealed in July that ByteGrid, a vendor that hosts some of the state’s election systems, was purchased in 2015 by a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin.