Pa. auditor expands voting security probe


Pennsylvania’s auditor general is asking the federal government for help in protecting the state’s voting systems against election interference.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he sent letters to the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the three U.S. Attorney’s offices in Pennsylvania to begin discussions on the matter.

DePasquale’s office began evaluating the security of Pennsylvania’s voting system in June, after Homeland Security confirmed Pennsylvania was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers prior to the 2016 election.

DePasquale said he’s also concerned by news that a Russian oligarch, Vladimir Potanin, is the largest investor in the company managing Maryland’s voter registration system.

“Pennsylvania is currently reviewing options to modernize its election systems, and I want to ensure that any system Pennsylvania may use now and in the future is wholly owned, controlled and managed by a firm with American interests,” DePasquale said.

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