Testimony of Al Schmidt Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
30 October 2023
Testimony of Al Schmidt Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania The Committee on Rules and Administration of the United States Senate Ongoing Threats to Election Administration Wednesday, November 1, 2023 Good afternoon, Chairwoman Klobuchar, Ranking Member Fischer, and members of the Committee on Rules and Administration. [...] As head of the Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees the integrity of the electoral process in the Commonwealth, I am Pennsylvania’s chief election official. [...] In response to this loss of experience and continuity among these nonpartisan public servants, the Shapiro Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of State have made it a top priority to help support and train new county election officials. [...] The Department also works with our federal and state security and law enforcement partners to provide training and tools to mitigate threats and combat mis- and disinformation. [...] I urge you to continue to work across party lines to find common ground on election reform for the safety of the front-line heroes of our democracy – the local election officials who make it possible for the rest of us to vote.