Officials focused on election security

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Tomorrow, millions of Americans will flock to the polls for Election Day… but are their votes actually secure?

It’s been a big topic this election season in the Secretary of State’s race, as Democrat Jim Harper has pushed for the use of paper ballots in every county as a backup to prevent votes from being altered electronically, while Republican incumbent Connie Lawson says each voter machine already has an extensive security and backup process, and switching to paper ballots is expensive.

President Trump tweeted late last month that officials are watching for voter fraud “very carefully.” Allen County Elections Director Beth Dlug tells WOWO News they’re taking it seriously.

“Security is on the top of voters’ minds this election, but it’s not really a new topic for us. We have physical and cyber-security protocols in place, and many of these can be witnessed and seen by the public.”

The polls are open from 6am to 6pm tomorrow. WOWO will have live election result coverage tomorrow night.

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