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Local clerks talk election security

Posted: 8:52 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 12:52:14Z

The November election is still more than a month away, but Mid-Michigan city and county clerks aren't waiting to the last minute to make sure the voting process goes smoothly, and is secure.

Concerned voters made their way to East Lansing Thursday night to meet with four clerks from the region.

“We have a lot of things in place to make sure that elections can't be tampered with”, said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.

“There's no internet access to the programming.”

East Lansing resident Brandon Scott says he wanted to know more about how clerks protect the electoral system from external access.

“I had curiosity more than doubt”, said Scott.

“I mean I know there are lots of good people working very hard to make sure that all of this works, but again it's almost like a foreign language for those of us. All we do is cast a vote and we don't know what goes on behind the scenes.”

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says that she recognizes that threats are always possible, she says security measures are put in place to minimize the chances of a breach.

“Nothing is fool proof, nothing is impossible, but in Michigan we have a lot of safeguards to protect the integrity of our elections”, Byrum explained.