Security of Wisconsin's election system

Published: Feb. 16, 2018 at 8:28 PM CST
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It has not yet been made clear if the Russian interference directly affected voting in Wisconsin. Following the announcement of the Russian indictments, legislators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to look into the security of Wisconsin's voting system.

A spokesman with Wisconsin's Election Commission said he's sure Wisconsin's election system is secure, and that voter information is safe.

However, Democratic Rep. Ron Kind is calling on the Department of Homeland Security and asking them if Wisconsin was one of the 21 states targeted by the Russians. With the upcoming elections this year, he said it's important to know if the election system was compromised.

But Reid Magney, the Public Information Officer with Wisconsin's Election Commission, said they work with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard and law enforcement agencies to make sure the system is safe.

"What makes our democracy work is the belief in free and fair elections. We need to do everything in our power to ensure that our election process is protected against outside interference," said Rep. Kind, through a statement from his office.

"Within the last year we have encrypted our voter registration data base, we have had no evidence of any intrusions or successful attacks on the system," said Magney.

It hasn't yet been made clear to what extent, or what impact the Russian meddling had on the election, and where specifically these attacks occurred.

Primary elections in Wisconsin are Tuesday, including the election for Supreme Court candidates. If you head to the polls, make sure to bring a photo I.D.