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IL Primary Puts Focus on Poll Security 03/18 10:10

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- With the Illinois primary just days away, state 
election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible 
intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.

   They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illinois was the lone 
state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that 
ultimately targeted 21 states.

   Federal intelligence agencies determined that the attempted hacking of state 
elections systems in 2016 primarily targeted voter registration systems, not 
actual voting machines or vote tallying.

   Cybersecurity experts say it's crucial for states to shore up 
vulnerabilities in those systems now, with this year's midterm elections 
already underway.


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