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Nationwide survey shows most Americans are worried about election fraud — here’s what El Paso County is doing to combat interference

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EL PASO, Texas -- A new nationwide Gallup survey has found that nearly six in 10 Americans have lost their confidence in the honesty of U.S. elections. Many say they feel this way because of fears over cybersecurity and foreign interference.

El Paso residents had mixed feelings on those concerns. 

“It kind of does (concern me) because the political currents of other countries can interfere in the politics of a country as the United States,” said one UTEP student.

“I don’t think that it’s possible that they could really infiltrate into our election system,” said another UTEP student. 

According to the Texas Secretary of State, no voting system in Texas is connected to the internet, and only software that is certified by the Texas Secretary of State can be put on a computer used for counting. 

Lisa Wise, the El Paso County Elections Administrator, says the county has received more resources since talk of foreign interference in the 2016 election. 

“Everything we have has been pretty much updated and follows best practices of what the federal and state government is recommending,” said Wise.

She says the county is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to ensure election security.

Early voting is continuing until February 28 and election day for Texas is on March 3.

Madeline Ottilie

Madeline Ottilie is a reporter on Good Morning El Paso and co-anchors ABC-7 at noon.

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  1. In 2012, Romney talked about how Russia is our biggest competitor and Obama laughed at him and told him it wasn’t the Cold War anymore, rightfully so. Then in 2016, President Trump makes a couple of jokes about how Russia should release the emails if they have them because of how unsecured Clinton’s server was and how we should get better relations with Russia especially to fight ISIS, he was right as well. A joke and a good policy idea sends the whole Democrat Party into a fit about “Russia Conspiracy” and other conspiracy theories that would make Alex Jones blush because they couldn’t see what many people saw, that Clinton was a loser. Still we are on about this Russia and election interfering conspiracy theory, no the actual election interfering comes from voter fraud and illegal aliens voting, not a massive problem in Texas due to the voter ID laws, and even then its not big enough to sway a national election.

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