Dear Editor:

I am concerned for the overall security of the coming election. The Mueller report has told us about the intrusion into election computers and the extraction of voter information and how that was used in the 2016 election.

The GRU, the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, “targeted individuals and entities involved in the administration of the elections," the Mueller report says. State boards of elections, secretaries of state, county governments, and individuals who worked for them, technology firms that produced software and hardware such as voter registration and electronic polling stations were included in the electronic intrusions. The GRU “compromised the computer network of the Illinois State Board of Elections ...” and “gained access to a database containing information on millions of registered Illinois voters.”

Russia and other countries already are working on intrusion into all levels of election information and control and communications of votes and voters of the entire United State’s voting systems.

We need to be able to vote and know that our vote will be counted for the candidates we vote for. A bipartisan Senate bill that would have provided funds for election security was put aside by Sen. Mitchell McConnell last week.

Warren Harris

Chippendale Drive

Maryville

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