Merrill To Discuss Election Cybersecurity

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill plans to discuss steps Connecticut has taken to safeguard elections from cyberattacks.

The Democrat will meet with reporters Wednesday to talk about the state’s security protections and protocols. It comes a day after Merrill participated in a conference call with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson about the issue.

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

Johnson has offered to help state officials manage risks to their voting systems, even though the Department of Homeland Security is not aware of any specific or credible cybersecurity threats related to the upcoming elections in November.

He says officials should follow existing federal recommendations, including making sure voting machines are not connected to the internet while voting is taking place.

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