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State Officials Warn of Threats Ahead of 2024 Election

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023   

Election officials nationwide are urging Congress to provide the funding needed to ensure a safe and secure 20-24 election. They've asked for at least $400 million dollars to help counties prepare for technology and security updates, and help recruit and train election officials.

Shenna Bellows, Maine Secretary of State, said states are trying to stay ahead of hackers working to disrupt democracy.

"We're really focused on addressing cyber threats, addressing threats against our poll workers and election officials and preparing to counter disinformation," she said.

Bellows added Maine has what she calls "the gold standard" of election security - paper ballots - but added officials need greater support to counter an unprecedented number of conspiracy theories and increased responsibilities for poll workers.

Election officials are asking the federal government for a zero tolerance policy when it comes to threats against election workers, including the publishing of their personal information online. Bellows advised people who are skeptical of election security to use trusted, official resources for information.

"We are urging people to get involved in the process and see for themselves the checks and balances," she explained.

Bellows said a potential shortage of election workers is concerning, but Maine officials are recruiting the next generation of workers, including high school students. Improved funding for election infrastructure would send a message that the public should feel excited about participating in democracy, she said.


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