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Secretary of State says Mississippi election systems are secure

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he is taking "every possible precaution" to protect Mississippi's election system from hacking or other security risks.

Circuit clerks and elections officials in several counties also say they're working on security ahead of the November 8th election.

Republican Hosemann says his staff does daily monitoring of the Statewide Elections Management System, a database with voter registration information. He says the state's roughly 7,000 voting machines aren't connected to the internet, which means they are not vulnerable to hacking.

Two of the largest counties in the state, Hinds and Harrison, use paper ballots that are scanned at each precinct.

In Lafayette County, Circuit Clerk Baretta J. Mosley says election workers have switched to stronger, more complicated passwords to connect to electronic voting systems.

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