Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security. The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election. Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
Staff also is working on multi-factor authentication software. It may not be ready for the August primary but should be ready by the November elections.
They’ve also set up a May 31 election security training session for local clerks and are working on protecting their email from malicious messages.