After months of campaigns, tomorrow morning, polls will open across the state and voters will get to have their say. And, election officials have been preparing to make sure your vote is secure.
The Department of Homeland Security found that in 2016, Pennsylvania was 1 of 21 states targeted by Russian Hackers. They weren’t successful, but it served as a call to state officials to be extra vigilant.
Secretary of State Robert Torres tells us, “We’re prepared. We’re feeling pretty good about our level of preparation.”
Across the state, Pennsylvanians will begin casting their ballots Tuesday morning for the state’s Midterm Elections. During the last midterm in 2014, 43% of registered voters in the state cast a ballot.
Torres says, “Based on the level of interest and the numbers we’re seeing based on absentee ballots coming in, we expect it to be much higher than that this year.” He also says they have increased the number of volunteers they have to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Auditor Eugene DePasquale says, “I just believe it’s important to monitor what’s happening at the polls tomorrow, to make sure that everyone that legally can cast a vote gets to cast that vote, and that their votes are counted properly.”
DePasquale says his office will be monitoring Tuesday’s election. After Russian hackers targeted Pennsylvania prior to the 2016 election, the AG launched an audit of the state’s voting system. “If there’s any issues that develop, we can include those into any potential recommendations we make when our audit is complete.”
The Department of State held several trainings this year, along with county, state, and federal partners to ensure that every vote counts.
Torres says, “I feel very confident in our partners, that we’ve worked hard. And the voters can feel confident in the integrity of our elections.”
–Matt Heckel, Jet 24 Action News