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Maricopa County elections not connected to report of hacked voting software

(Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office shot down a possible connection to Monday’s report of a voting software vendor being hacked by Russian military intelligence.

The office said in a press release it has its own IT department that has their own voter registration software and electronic poll book check-in system. None of its tabulation software is connected to the internet.

“Our IT team prioritizes security,” said County Recorder Adrian Fontes in the press release. “It is important that voters know they can trust our systems and are always welcome to ask questions.”

On Monday a federal contractor has been arrested following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year’s presidential election.

The classified National Security Agency report does not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results.

The report says Russian military intelligence attacked a U.S. voting software company and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials at the end of October or beginning of November.

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