AddThis ShareJeff [email protected] Jade [email protected] U. expert available to discuss Secure Elections ActWallach: ‘They’re nowhere near allocating enough money’HOUSTON — (March 28, 2018) — Rice University voting security expert Dan Wallach is available to discuss the Secure Elections Act, a bill aimed at combating hacking and ensuring election integrity.The bipartisan measure gained momentum following the release of Senate Intelligence Committee recommendations for strengthening election defenses.The centerpiece of the legislation is an election security grant program that would disburse money to states to replace obsolete voting equipment, but Wallach, a computer scientist, electronic voting security expert and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said the funding falls far short of what’s needed.“I’m pleased that Congress is taking a bipartisan and serious approach toward improving election security,” Wallach said. “It’s unfortunate that they’re nowhere near allocating enough money to replace the aging and insecure voting systems that were purchased with 2002’s Help America Vote Act. That will force states and counties to bear the costs.”For more information or to schedule an interview with Wallach, contact Jade Boyd, associate director of news and media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6778 or [email protected] for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/Wallach-Rayburn2-2fq1ncx.jpgCAPTION: Dan Wallach (Photo by David Ruth/Rice University) Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.