NC elections officials investigate alleged Russian hacking efforts
North Carolina elections officials said Tuesday that they are "actively investigating" reports that Russian hackers attacked a U.S. voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election.Posted — Updated
"This agency takes any reports of possible interference with our election processes very seriously," North Carolina elections director Kim Strach said in a statement.
The State Board of Elections identified the software company as VR Systems, which provides electronic poll book software to 21 counties to help check in voters who show up to cast ballots in person on Election Day.
The counties that use the system are Ashe, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hyde, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Nash, Rowan, Sampson, Vance, Warren and Wilson.
Strach said the software doesn't play any role in ballot marking or vote tabulation.
"So, in no way, even if this attack was successful by Russia, was this affecting the outcome of our election," said state Board of Elections spokesman Joshua Lawson. "So, It's important for people to realize that they can have confidence that their votes counted.
Lawson said that even though 21 North Carolina counties used the VR Systems software, there is no evidence their systems were compromised.
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