From the Morning Memo:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday in an Albany suburb pushed for money to be steered toward election security ahead of the 2020 presidential vote.

Schumer at a news conference outside of an election security firm in East Greenbush pointed to the interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and the threats faced by other hostile powers.

“They want to interfere in our elections so people don’t trust them any longer,” Schumer said. “If people don’t trust the freeness, fairness and preciseness of our elections, this could be real trouble for our democracy.”

Schumer is pushing legislation that would spend up to $1 billon on bolstering ballot security, providing aid to state and local boards of election for upgrading software and paper ballot backups.

“We need to make sure there are significant resources at the state and local boards of elections to deal with that threat,” he said.

New York election officials have said the state’s own ballot systems are safe. None of the machines New Yorkers use to vote are connected to the internet and the decentralized nature of the state’s voting makes it more difficult to hack.