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electionlineWeekly — November 9, 2017

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III. Federal-State Updates

President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the Department of Homeland Security testified before Congress this week. Kirstjen Nielsen testified that when she voted this week in Virginia, she pressed poll workers about the security of her vote.

“When I went to vote this week in the Virginia election, I was quite concerned with the scanning machine and started asking a variety of questions on what the security was on the scanning machine for the ballot. I think we all have to be very aware and work with the state and locals,” Nielsen said during her testimony. 

Nielsen also committed to senators that on her watch, DHS would be proactive about notifying states and counties about possible cyberattacks on elections systems.

Massachusetts: Earlier this year the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended its participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. All of Massachusetts files were deleted from the program in March 2017. A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin told WBUR no one was removed from the state’s voter rolls “solely because they appeared on the Crosscheck lists.”

New Hampshire: New Hampshire still has not forwarded the state’s voter data to the White House election commission. The state’s Attorney General had been reviewing the town-by-town checklists for publication since August, but that review is now complete. Secretary of State William Gardner, who serves on the election commission said his office has reached out to the commission’s executive director to find out how to securely transmit the data but has yet to hear back.