Posted on March 9, 2023 Election Protection Share: The LA Times recently published a new piece on Trump allies’ multi-state effort to access election systems and the apparent lack of a federal probe into the matter. The piece features contributions from FSFP Senior Advisor on Election Security Susan Greenhalgh. “If this was the electrical grid or nuclear energy plants, or the water supply, and if people who had engaged in efforts to undermine and overthrow our elected government officials then were going to access the software that controls other critical national security assets, wouldn’t the federal government be interested in investigating that? I would hope so.” said Greenhalgh. The following is an excerpt from the new piece: Cybersecurity and election experts say that a full investigation into who accessed election machines in 2020 and 2021, who paid for the efforts and how those involved intend to use the information is necessary to prevent problems in the future. One concern is that no one has been able to determine how many people have the information taken from Coffee and Mesa counties, and who those people are, election technology expert Kevin Skoglund said. “It’s certainly better for four people to have it than 40, and better for 40 to have it than 400, and better…400 than 4,000,” he said. “It does make a difference how pervasive it is out there.” Last year, Free Speech For People organized a coalition of security and election advocates and sent a letter to federal investigators, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and Special Counsel Jack Smith, outlining the threats posed by unlawfully copying and distributing voting software, and calling for a federal investigation. The FBI’s response to the letter did not address whether a national investigation is currently underway. Read the full LA Times piece here. Learn more about our fight to protect voting software here.