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WI Election officials look to launch security outreach plan

Two Florida counties were hacked during the 2016 election, although no votes were changed. (MGN)
Two Florida counties were hacked during the 2016 election, although no votes were changed. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 1:06 PM CST
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Wisconsin officials want to launch a public relations push to reassure people that elections are secure.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission staffers plan to ask the panel Tuesday for permission to spend $260,000 to develop website information, videos, news releases and graphics.

A survey conducted by advertising firm KW2 for the commission this fall found many respondents were worried about cyber-attacks, absentee ballots not getting counted and vote machine tampering.

The commission would use a $7 million federal grant to bolster election security to pay for the outreach campaign.

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