PA preparing for Tuesday’s election

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Tomorrow morning, polls will open across the state and voters will get to have their say.

Election officials have been preparing to make sure your vote is secure.

The Department of Homeland Security found that in 2016, Pennsylvania was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers. They weren’t successful, but it served as a call to state officials to be extra vigilant.

“We’re prepared,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of State Robert Torres. “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 201, 43 percent of registered voters in the state cast a ballot.

“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,” said Secretary Torres.

Secretary Torres says they have increased the number of volunteers they have to make sure everything runs smoothly.

“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,” said Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

Auditor General DePasquale says his office will be monitoring Tuesday’s election. After Russian hackers targeted Pennsylvania prior to the 2016 election, the Auditor General launched an audit of the state’s voting system.

“If’ there’s any issues that develop,” said Auditor General DePasquale. “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.

“I feel very confident in our partners, that we’ve worked hard. And the voters can feel confident in the integrity of our elections,” said Secretary Torres.

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