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Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers weekly COVID-19 briefing November 2, 2020
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The Westchester County executive says a pattern of a higher number of COVID-19 cases continues but has not neared crisis status. Separately, he says the county is prepared for any issues regarding election security and rallies.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
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This week’s highly anticipated Iowa Caucuses, the first voting in the months-long Democratic presidential campaign, were muddled by reporting delays. The first-in-the-nation contest instituted a new voting system this year and its rollout has been blamed for the troubles. 

Schumer Seeks Funding To Safeguard Election Systems

Aug 12, 2019
Sen. Schumer
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New York’s senior U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he’ll push for legislation in the upcoming federal budget to provide funds for local boards of election to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded Russia extensively targeted election systems across the U.S. in 2016. He also considers whether Robert Mueller's recent testimony before Congress heightened tensions between House Democrats on the issue of impeachment.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, who is also the immediate past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, is calling on Congress to protect election security in a strongly-worded statement.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is also the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  In both roles, cybersecurity is his top priority, and he has testified before Congress on the importance of assuring election security.  The Democrat was in Boston last week as the keynote speaker at a conference titled “Building a New Cyber Security Paradigm.” Secretary Condos tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that Vermont began securing all its computer systems in 2013 and the state is considered a leader in cybersecurity.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was in Washington this month to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding election security.  He appeared not only as Vermont’s chief election officer, but as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He says anything that has a computer in it can be hacked.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill
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Federal officials including those from the Department of Homeland Security recently held a discussion with state leaders from across the country to offer support in protecting election systems from cyberattacks and hacks. Connecticut’s Denise Merrill is the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. The Democrat tells WAMC it would be extremely difficult and highly improbable to hack Connecticut’s election systems given the established security measures. Merrill also discussed how the state's election systems worked during August's primary elections and the state's new registrar certification program.