State officials say they have the upper hand when it comes to protecting your votes

Andrew Kramer
November 05, 2019 - 4:46 pm
Photo in front of a voting place.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — State officials want to make sure you know your votes in Tuesday's local elections are safe. 

"Election security is a race without a finish line," said Acting Secretary of Pennsylvania Kathy Boockvar, who added they need to always be a step ahead to protect votes from potential cyber attackers and to make sure those votes are counted correctly. 

"Our strong federal, state and county partners are working around the clock to ensure this," she said. 

In fact, on election day, everyone is in one place.

"We have together Pennsylvania's election experts, security team, call center, cybersecurity experts, law enforcement and emergency personnel," Boockvar explained. 

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"Our mission, our goal is to ensure that American elections are decided by Americans, free of foreign interference. Elections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decided by Pennsylvanians, free of interference," said Christopher Krebs, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

He said not just in this election, but any election in the future, you can always do your part by letting an election official know if something seems out of the ordinary. 

You can call the national Election Protection coalition's hotline for any problems you encounter at 866-OUR-VOTE.