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Auditor General DePasquale Expands Scope of Voting Security Audit Outreach

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)   Twelve Russian Nationals were indicted last week for trying to interfere with the 2016 eletion. 
        New steps are now being taken to try to protect our election system here in Pennsylvania. 
        Eyewitness News Capitol Reporter Matt Heckel has more.


"We can not trust this president to do the right thing, to protect the nation's election system. And clearly, we can not count on him in Pennsylvania."

Eugene DePasquale did not mince words Tuesday... One day after President Trump said this about attempted Russian interference of the 2016 election.

 

The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile... Say Pennsylvania was one of 21 states Russians hackers targeted prior to the 2016 election.

 
"We simply can not allow russian operatives or other interference to undermine our democracy, our election system, and our very fabric and our very way of life." Said DePasquale

On Tuesday... Eugene DePasquale sent letters to the DHS as well as the FBI and US Attorneys' Offices to begin discussions on how to best protect the state against election interference. It's part of an audit to make sure the state's election system is secure before the next election.
 
 "I'm very confident it that they'll be secure. We're doing a lot to secure our systems," said Robert Torres, Acting Secretary of State,

 Torres says his office asked for the audit. They are currently in the process of replacing the state's voter registration system and want to make sure the new system is as secure as possible.

  "It just reinforces that everything we've been working on, the partnerships we have, the training we're trying to provide, is serious and we have to continue doing it." said Torres

 
It was also revealed that a Russians oligarch is the largest investor in the company that manages Maryland's voter registration system. Secretary Torres says our current system is owned and maintained by the Commonwealth


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