Pa. auditor general ramps up election security review

Eugene DePasquale says the White House cannot be trusted to ensure election security.

Tony Romeo
July 17, 2018 - 1:34 pm
Eugene DePasquale

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Citing President Donald Trump’s remarks at Monday joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pennsylvania’s auditor general says he’s expanding the outreach of his election security audit. 

Saying the White House cannot be trusted to ensure election security, and citing last week’s indictments of Russian agents, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who launched his election security audit in June, said Tuesday that he is reaching out to Pennsylvania's U.S. attorneys, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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To underscore his concerns, DePasquale pointed to Maryland, where he says the FBI has told officials that a Russian oligarch is now the chief investor in the company that manages the Maryland voter registration system.

"To be fair, I don’t believe that Maryland set out to hire Russians to manage their election system," DePasquale said. "However, through mergers and acquisitions, it appears that is now the case."

DePasquale says that scenario cannot be allowed to play out in Pennsylvania.