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Hosemann: ‘Mississippi’s elections are not rigged’

Delbert Hosemann. Mississippi Secretary of State.

Delbert Hosemann. Mississippi Secretary of State.

Mississippi’s secretary of state says absentee voting is disappointingly down from the last presidential election, and turnout might be below 50 percent.

Delbert Hosemann also repeated many times during a news conference Tuesday that Mississippi’s elections are not rigged and cannot be hacked because voting machines don’t connect to the internet. In his words, “The Russians are not going to steal your vote.”

He says people try to hack into the state’s election management system thousands of times a month, looking for voters’ personal information. But Hosemann says that after federal Homeland Security officials told him it would be months before they could test the security of Mississippi’s system, he hired experts to try to break in electronically, and they failed. He says they gave the security system good ratings.

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