Bipartisan bill proposes $386 million to replace outdated voting systems

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images

Sen. James Lankford introduced a bill Thursday that could help prevent foreign tampering in U.S. elections and strengthen election cybersecurity by spending $386 million to replace outdated or vulnerable electronic voting machines. The Secure Elections Act is backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins and Martin Heinrich.

Why it matters: Primaries for the next federal election start as early as March. As Klobuchar — the top Democrat on the Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections — put it: it's about securing the "freedom to choose our leaders and know with full confidence that those leaders were chosen in free and fair elections."