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As Midterms Near, Is Texas Confident In Its Election Security?

In Texas, where a voter registration database was targeted by Russian hackers, the question of election security looms large as the 2018 midterm elections approach.

People voting in Houston during the November election in 2016.

In recent years, there have been increased concerns over the security of U.S. elections. In light of official intelligence reports citing Russian interference in the 2016 general election, as well as a specific case in Texas where a voter registration database was targeted by Russian hackers, the question of election security looms large as the 2018 midterm elections approach in November.

So, what is the state of Texas doing to ensure election security? The Texas Secretary of State was recently allocated nearly $23.3 million in federal funds specifically to improve election security, and the League of Women Voters of Texas submitted a letter to officials around the state with suggestions for using that money.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks about election security with Cinde Weatherby from the League of Women Voters, Rice University computer science professor Dan Wallach, and Fort Bend County elections administrator John Oldham.

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