Clyde Seeks Answers For Ohio About Russian Interference In U.S. Election
Lawmaker asks SOS Husted if Ohio was one of 39 states hacked
June 19, 2017
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted seeking answers about whether Ohio was the victim of Russian attacks on the country’s voting system. A new report confirmed that election systems in 39 states were breached by Russian hackers. The hacks were the subject of bipartisan concern in the U.S. Senate during recent testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, which was part of the larger investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. See the letter below:

Dear Secretary Husted,

I write with strong concerns about the recent reports of foreign hacking of U.S. elections systems in 39 states. I hope we can work together to provide Ohioans with answers to the following questions: Was Ohio one of the states whose systems were hacked? How do we know? What steps are in place to assure Ohioans that the Russian attacks are not ongoing, that future attacks will be thwarted, and that voters will not be cancelled from the rolls nor have their votes deleted by malicious attackers?

Bipartisan concerns have been expressed at the federal level. When former FBI Director Comey testified before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee 11 days ago, Republican Chairman Richard Burr and his committee colleagues questioned Comey on Russia’s election attacks and the director testified that he had no doubt the Russians had hacked our voting system.

Over the last two weeks, a NSA analysis indicated at least 8 states may have been hacked. Following that, Democratic Senator Mark Warner told a news outlet many more states had been hacked than had yet been reported. Last week, a new report found that 39 states were hacked and your office responded that it is “unaware” if Ohio was one of them. Every few days, more information comes out, but it remains unclear what this means for Ohio. 

Ohioans need answers. Confidence in our election outcomes is essential to a functioning, thriving democracy. Were Ohio election systems hacked? What has your office done to become aware of whether Ohio was hacked? If so, what form did the attacks take? Were people removed from the rolls? Were ballots thrown out that were cast by people who were eligible to vote? Were vote tabulations manipulated?

We must ensure that Ohio voters and their votes are protected from attacks foreign and domestic – that any eligible voter who wants to cast a ballot can do so with ease, have that ballot counted, and verify the result in a transparent and accessible system.

Your prompt attention to this important matter is requested. Thank you.


Kathleen Clyde

State Representative, 75th District

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