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Wolf starts state government work group on election security

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s governor is bringing together government agencies to help ensure the state’s elections are safe and secure.

A voter casts his ballot Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Sandy Springs, Ga. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he was setting up the Inter-Agency Election Preparedness and Security Workgroup, led by his cabinet member who heads the agency that oversees voting.

The chairmen are acting Secretary of State Robert Torres and John MacMillan, the Office of Administration’s chief information officer.

The group also includes the Military and Veterans Affairs Department, as well as the offices of the governor, homeland security and inspector general. Other members are the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the state police.

They’ll focus on training and preparation at all levels of election administration, planning for different possible problems and collecting public input on the topic of election security.

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