In light of impending elections and recent politically-focused data breaches blamed on Russian hackers, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has offered to assist state and local election officials in protecting against cyber intrusions implicating voter and election information. In a September 16, 2016 statement, the DHS emphasized that this assistance is “strictly voluntary and does not entail regulation, binding directives, and is not offered to supersede state and local control over the process. The DHS role is limited to support only.” Services offered include risk and vulnerability assessments, cyber hygiene scans on internet-facing systems and sharing of best practices. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson testified that as of September 27, 2016, 18 US states had requested election cybersecurity assistance offered by DHS.