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Maine secretary of state seeks $3 million to protect voting system from hackers

Just days after the nation’s top intelligence officer warned of persistent attempts by Russia to hack American voting infrastructure, the Maine secretary of state’s office confirmed it is seeking federal funds to beef up cybersecurity of the state’s voter registration system.

The secretary of state’s office requested more than $3 million in Help America Vote Act funds late last week but has asked for more time to draft its plan to spend the money. A spokesperson for the agency said that implementing and overseeing the state’s first ranked-choice voting election in June delayed submission of the plan.

The state hopes to use the funds to improve cybersecurity of the state’s central voter registration system while training municipal election officials.

To read the rest of “Maine secretary of state seeks $3 million to protect voting system from hackers,” an article by Maine Public staff writer Steve Mistler, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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