After the 2016 election, Rhode Island worked swiftly to pass legislation requiring post-election audits to certify all votes are counted correctly. In 2020, Rhode Island will be the first state in the country to do an audit using ballots cast at local precincts.  

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says despite these measures, Rhode Island still needs to be on alert for foreign entities that are constantly finding new and creative ways to interfere in U.S. elections. 

"If a foreign entity got hold of registration records," Reed says. "They could send messages to people saying 'You’ve already voted' or they could redirect them to the wrong polling place. We have to be absolutely on guard at every moment."

Senator Reed co-authored a bill that would require states follow Rhode Island’s lead by requiring backup paper ballots and providing incentives for states to implement post-election audits.