Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says state election systems remain secure, but the top election official warns it’s a never-ending battle against new and emerging threats. “No evidence exists to suggest that these bad actors altered any votes in any way,” Grimes reassured Kentucky voters Thursday, before holding up a copy of indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The secretary spoke with reporters following a meeting with Kentucky’s Election Integrity Task Force – made up of representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the state attorney general’s office, and other law enforcement officials – a month ahead of the May primary.
“I’m not going to say no one has ever attempted to hack because we are confronted daily with thousands of probes at our system,” the secretary said. “Everything from abroad to folks right here domestically.”
Grimes listed a number of security precautions either underway or in process: new DHS cyber-security training for county clerks with an eye toward all 15,000 precinct election officials by this summer, improved vetting for poll workers, efforts by the State Board of Elections to transition Kentucky to a fully paper-backed voting system, and electronic poll books allowing voters to sign in digitally.
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