Merrill: No Credible Cyber Threats To Upcoming Elections

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says there have been no credible threats of possible cyberattacks on the upcoming November elections.

The Democrat spoke to reporters Wednesday, a day after she participated in a conference call with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh (jay) Johnson. The two discussed concerns surrounding cybersecurity and elections.

Merrill says there’s more security because elections are handled by thousands of different jurisdictions across the country.

She says Connecticut’s voting machines are not linked to the internet, and there is a “strict chain of custody protocol.” She also says there’s always a paper trail from every state election or primary, enabling a recount and audits after the vote.

Merrill is president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

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