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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com August 28, 2018 • Page 11 Protecting The Integrity Of U.S. Elections By Sen. Mike Rounds Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our republic. With the 2018 midterm election less than three months away, making certain the integrity of our voting system remains intact is a top priority. When Americans cast their votes in an election, they are exercising their right to make their voice heard. Many of our young men and women in uniform fight every day to protect our ability to choose our own leaders safely and freely. Assuring American citizens that their voice will be heard when they cast their ballot is vitally important to our way of life. While we cannot say they affected the outcome, we know that Russia made extreme efforts to directly influence the 2016 election and attempted to get into at least 21 state election systems. There is also evidence they are trying similar tactics in the upcoming midterm election, with a goal of creating chaos and distrust in our system of government. So far, they have been unsuccessful, and we must make certain proper federal policies are in place to keep it that way. Fortunately, Congress has taken steps to protect the integrity of our elections. The omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018 included $380 million in funding for election security grants to help states protect and modernize their election systems. These funds can be used to make security improvements, implement cybersecurity guidelines and replace outdated electronic voting machines. Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill that would streamline cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence agencies and state election agencies. It would also provide security clearances to state election officials. This is a good step toward securing our election systems against future threats while also protecting states’ rights in running their elections. As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, my colleagues and I have received expert testimony on cyber- Sheila Carpenter Receives 2018 SDDVA Partner Of The Year Award PIERRE, S.D. – Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre. enabled information operations to Sheila Carpenter, veterans service claims assistant include the gathering and dissemifor Hughes, Stanley, and Sully Counties, was awarded the nation of information in the cyber domain. While we have taken impor- 2018 Partner of the Year award for her compassion, commitment, knowledge and professionalism when assisting tant steps to protect our elections, South Dakota’s veterans. more must be done. Ultimately, we Key Achievements of the Partner of the Year: must address the broader policy and • Best overall service provided by support staff of a strategy deficiencies that undermine County or Tribal Veteran Service Officer. our overall cyber posture. • Outstanding customer service in assisting veterans Our election system is part of and their families. what makes the United States the • Great office management. greatest country in the world. Our • Utilizing new technologies that benefit our network. ability to develop a strategy to bet“Sheila Carpenter is excellent in her role as claims ter protect our election system and assistant,” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South deter cyber adversaries from attacking it is critical. Doing so will require Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “The reality is she is excellent in all that she does whether it is working an ongoing commitment, and I will with veterans and their families or volunteering in her continue to work with the administration to develop policies that deter community.” Carpenter’s office serves over 1,500 veterans in and punish bad actors who think Hughes, Stanley and Sully counties. they can meddle in our election system. We must continue to make it clear to Russia and others that Check out the irresponsible, destabilizing behavior will not be tolerated and those who do attempt to interfere in our elecfor great specials at your tions will face serious consequences. local restaurants! Our confidence in our democratic In Print and Online! process depends on it. The Bookworm ... 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Oh, and she loves dogs. tales that make TV drama seem tame: teens will read about battle, blood, and vengeance, but they’ll also read about sunshine and kindness. Briggs then draws parallels from ancient mythology to modern legends and even to the Bible. While a reading-proficient 8-year-old could probably tackle this book, its better audience is probably a little older. If they can handle the grown-up themes in “Gods and Heroes,” then this book could be big. You may also be familiar with the Greek and Roman hero named Heracles. He’s very strong, smart, and brave. And he’s also called Hercules. Isis was a goddess long before her name was in the news; and in Africa, it’s Kintu’s wife’s fault that people die. 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