News from Congressman Ron Kind
REPRESENTING WISCONSIN’S THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
1502 Longworth House Office Building • Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-5506
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Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Department of Homeland Security to Look into Security of Wisconsin Voting System
Comes following indictment of 13 Russian Operatives for Interfering in 2016 election
La Crosse, WI – This week, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that DHS immediately let Wisconsin officials know if the state was one of the 21 states the Russians successfully penetrated during the 2016 election. With elections coming up in 2018 if Wisconsin’s election system was compromised state and local officials need to know so they can protect our democratic process and Wisconsin residents’ vote from foreign interference.
“What makes our democracy work is the belief in free and fair elections,” said Rep. Kind. “We need to do everything in our power to ensure that our election process is protected against outside interference.”
Read the letter here.
Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Russia successfully targeted the voting systems of 21 states, including Wisconsin, during the 2016 election. DHS recently confirmed that a number of the states targeted were successfully breached, but has not releveled what states were penetrated or the extent of the interference.