Election Security Top Concern in Midterm Elections

Following Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the government is on high alert for any new signs of interference in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Posted: Nov 6, 2018 9:25 PM

UNITED STATES - Following Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the government is on high alert for any new signs of interference in the 2018 Midterm Elections. 

Many Americans are turning out to the polls to make their voices heard. 

The Department of Homeland Security says that it has been working behind the scenes to protect this midterm from foreign interference. 

"I have a simple message for any foreign adversary that who seeks to interfere our impact our election: Do not try," said Kirstjen Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security. 

In addition to blocking foreign influence, the homeland security office is responsible for election security closer to home. This includes protecting voter registration files, election results and polling places.

New York is one of 19 states where the Justice Department deployed monitors from the Civil Rights Division to make sure voting laws are upheld. 

Throughout those states, 35 precincts are under watch to make sure all citizens have access to the ballot. Monitors are also looking for signs of discrimination or intimidation.

"At this time we have no indication of compromise to our nation's election's infrastructure that would prevent voting, change vote counts or distrust the ability to tally votes," Nielsen said. 

Security officials point out they've had two years to get ready for this day and they're hoping problems are limited to long lines and isolated technical glitches. 

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