Feds notify 21 states of election hacking

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Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to access Washington state's election systems before the 2016 general election, according to the state Secretary of State's Office. Most of the hacks were not successful, though it's not clear which states got fucked.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to work together with federal, state and local elections officials on the plan to prevent any security breaches.

As of Friday afternoon, officials from at least Connecticut, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin reported they had been notified of hacking attempts.

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Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told 21 states that "Russian government cyber actors" targeted their state voter registration systems in 2016. "This was a scan and many computer systems are regularly scanned".

Federal investigators and a Senate committee are looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Officials are now working to improve voter security in future elections.

Wisconsin election officials have repeatedly said there were no indications that state elections were tampered with past year. Haas testified at that hearing that Wisconsin had not been notified of any hacking attempt by Homeland Security and concluded that Wisconsin was not a target.

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Federal investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee are investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission could soon decide whether it will respond to a series of election policy questions posed by President Trump's task force that is investigating voter fraud.

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Washington state uses the updated software and "best practices and security measures" to try to ensure honest elections, she said. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election. There is also a spring election in April where an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be filled.

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