PA Auditor General Ramps Up Election Security Review

Eugene DePasquale Doesn't Want Pennsylvania To Become Maryland

Robert Mangino
July 17, 2018 - 2:11 pm

Credit: Commonwealth Media Services

HARRISBURG – Citing President Trump’s remarks at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pennsylvania’s auditor general says he’s expanding the outreach of his election security audit.

Saying the White House cannot be trusted to ensure election security, and referencing last week’s indictments of Russian agents, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he is ramping up his election security audit that began in June.

DePasquale told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News he is focusing on auditing voter database system to ensure appropriate protections and reaching out to counties across the commonwealth to confirm they have the appropriate safeguards on voting machines.

“There were 21 states – Pennsylvania was one of them – where there was an attempted hack of the voter database.”

DePasquale says he is also reaching out to Pennsylvania’s U.S. attorneys, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to make sure there are no other steps Pennsylvania could take to secure the voting system.

To underscore his concerns, DePasquale points to Maryland, where he says officials have been told by the FBI that a Russian oligarch is now the chief investor in the company that manages the Maryland voter registration system.

“To be fair, I don’t believe that Maryland set out to hire Russians to manage their election system. However, through mergers and acquisitions, it appears that is now the case.” 

DePasquale says that scenario cannot be allowed to happen in Pennsylvania.

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