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Top election official: No fear about hacked election systems

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August

Federal officials have sounded the alarm to several states that their election systems may be at risk of being hacked, the Washington Post reported late Monday. But Secretary of State Ken Detzner says Florida is not among them.

"We have not been contacted by the FBI," Detzner said during a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters. "I have seen these reports in the past, but we have put in place all the safeguards we feel are needed for a secure election."

Florida voters go to the polls today for the primary election.

Detzner said the state has put security first. In the event of a problem, the state uses paper ballots as a backup plan, he said.

The Post report mentions possible Russian hacks of the Illinois and Arizona voter registration systems, and it says two other states have been warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they could be targeted. It's unclear if the cyberattacks have been state-sponsored or the work of criminals acting alone.

Election officials across the country were briefed by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on a conference call.

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:55am]

    

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