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>> The threat of interference remains. And we recognize that the 2018 midterm and future elections are clearly potential targets for Russian hacking attempts.>> The head of US Homeland Security on Wednesday told lawmakers her department is deeply concerned with the security of voting systems ahead of the 2018 November primary elections.
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DHS Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, faced a grilling from the Senate Intelligence Committee.>> The threat is real and the need to act is urgent.>> Senators pressed her on the threat of Russian election interference after US intelligence agencies concluded Russia tried to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor.
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Now lawmakers are asking what the Trump Administration is doing to combat it.>> We need the administration to accelerate its efforts.>> Neilson strongly urged state election authorities to use paper ballots as a backup, so that results can be audited for signs of tampering. By her side also being pressed was Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's head of Homeland Security during the 2016 campaign.
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Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein accused Johnson of not doing enough to stop alleged Russian interference.>> The American people were never told. Why?>> Senator, the American people were told.>> Not sufficiently in any way, shape, or form to know that there was a major active measure going on, perhaps by a foreign power.
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>> In Congress' first step to boost election security, sources tell Reuters that lawmakers have included nearly $400 million in a massive federal government spending bill meant to keep voting machines safe from intrusion.