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09/25/2017

STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY OF THE STATE DENISE MERRILL ON UNSUCCESSFUL RUSSIAN ATTEMPT TO BREACH CONNECTICUT'S VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM

HARTFORD - “Today, the federal Department of Homeland Security informed my office that Connecticut was one of the 21 states targeted by Russian agents in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. I am happy to report, with great pride in the hard work and dedication of our IT security professionals, that DHS confirmed that the attempted Russian intrusion into our online voter registration database was stopped by our intrusion detection system.
“This successful defense of the integrity of our online voter registration system is good news for Connecticut, but it underlines the threat posed by foreign agents seeking to disrupt U.S. elections and sow the seeds of doubt in the integrity of our electoral process. It is clear that Congress needs to act swiftly, both to investigate and publicize Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and to appropriate the necessary funds so that our state and local governments have the resources they need to adequately protect our election infrastructure.”
- Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State
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