To date, almost every state has called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help defend their voter registration systems from been hacked. However, a few states have argued that federal interference could disenfranchise voters.
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The majority of states, 46, have called on the DHS to try and bolster the cyber defenses of their voter registration systems after the government raised the alarm about foreign hackers ahead of the election, according to CNN.
The number of states asking for federal assistance has grown from 33 states in mid-October.
Nearly half US states have had their voter registration systems targeted by foreign hackers, and four systems were successfully breached, sources told ABC News. Among them were Arizona, Florida and Illinois.
On Friday, however CBS reported 11 states, including the battlegrounds of New Hampshire and Michigan, had not accepted DHS help, fearing that voters would think it was a federal takeover and could lead to voter disenfranchisement.
Seven states have declined the offer outright: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Of those 11, now only four have rejected federal help.
“The biggest threats to the integrity of this November’s election and our democratic system are attempts to undermine public confidence in the reliability of that system,” Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York School of Law, testified September 28 before the House Oversight and Government Committee’s IT subcommittee.
The hearing had been convened by Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) to determine whether a cyberattack would affect the outcome of the November presidential election. The five panelists agreed it would not.
The DHS offered to help state and local governments test and prepare their systems ahead of the election on November 8. The agency offered to scan systems to check for vulnerability and make recommendations for improving cybersecurity on election and voter registration systems.