As midterm votes are being cast in Pennsylvania and across the country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is playing catch-up. Pennsylvania is one of at least 17 states where election officials have requested on-site risk assessments of their election systems. Nearly half those reviews had not been completed by mid-May, including the one for Pennsylvania, which holds its primary election on Tuesday, May 15. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of State told KDKA-TV the security review will not be completed until June at the earliest. A security review by DHS typically takes two weeks to complete.
“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Pennsylvania was the first step to take DHS up on its offer to do such an assessment,” the spokesperson told KDKA-TV. “This initial check in 2016 found no significant vulnerabilities.”
Since the 2016 election, more states have been asking the DHS to review their election systems. That’s caused a backlog.