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electionlineWeekly — August 17, 2017

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The Department of Homeland Security plans to provide state elections officials with security clearances so they can see more detail about cyberattacks. According to The Wall Street Journal, the clearances are for the purpose of sharing classified cyberthreat information related to election systems with each state’s top election official. The clearances would be at the “secret” level, which is midlevel and doesn’t include the nation’s most sensitive secrets. DHS already offers a similar arrangement to certain private-sector industries deemed “critical infrastructure,” the official said.