Primary day in Vermont is Aug. 14, with a host of races on the ballot — including Democrats making their pick for their gubernatorial candidate in November, and the incumbent Republican governor facing a challenge from within his own party. Behind the scenes, election officials say they are increasingly focused on securing the vote from hackers. Even in tiny Montpelier, so far from Washington, election meddling is on the mind of some voters, after near-daily headlines of Russia’s campaign to influence the 2016 elections. “Hopefully they have better things to do,” voter Bill Provost said of election hackers from Russia or elsewhere.
“The integrity of our elections is important to me,” said voter Meredith Potter. “And I think right now we need to question that — I think we need to keep a watchful eye.”
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat, said Tuesday that his office is keeping that watchful eye.
“Cybersecurity is like a race without a finish line,” Condos told necn. “It’s ongoing.”