FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2021
SOS Press Office
California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber Statement on Signing Bipartisan Letter to CISA Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Director Wales
SACRAMENTO, CA – California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber issued the following statement on signing the letter to Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) requesting an expansion of federal efforts to combat foreign disinformation.
"Democracy exists because we have free and fair elections, and we must protect those elections at all costs. In 2020, our local and state election officials worked tirelessly to combat the spread of mis- and disinformation perpetuated by foreign actors seeking to diminish trust in our elections."
"Without CISA's leadership combating this threat at the federal level, we would not be able to call the 2020 General Election the most secure in our nation's history. For this reason, I gladly join my bipartisan colleagues in calling on CISA not only to continue this vital work but expand its efforts to combat the ongoing threat of foreign interference in our elections."
The complete letter can be accessed here and is co-signed by Kevin Meyer, Alaska Lt. Governor; Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State; Shenna Bellows, Maine Secretary of State; William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State; Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State; Shemia Fagan, Oregon Secretary of State; Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State; Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, and Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State.