Ohio official: No attempted intrusion into voter database

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief is expressing confidence in the security of the swing state’s voting equipment and its voter registration database.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (HYOO’-steds) says there’s been no attempt to breach the state’s registration system.

His remarks to reporters Thursday come a day after the FBI’s director told Congress there have been additional “attempted intrusions” in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known.

Last month, the FBI warned state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted data systems in at least two states, Illinois and Arizona.

Husted says Ohio’s voter registration database is connected to the internet and backed up daily. He says he’s been working with the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and others to address potential vulnerabilities.

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