Georgia Secretary of State talks election security ahead of March primary

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The countdown is on.

Secretaries of State from across the country attend the National Association of Secretaries of State annual conference in Washington D.C. (Source: Gray DC)

Georgia voters will take to the polls in less than 2 months.

“We will be ready for the Presidential primary on March 24th,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

We caught up with the Secretary in Washington, at the National Association of Secretaries of State annual conference this week.

This year, he says the spotlight is on election security.

“Hackers never sleep, we have a 24/7 issue. We need to always be on our toes and always alert. That’s why this is our number one priority,” said Raffensperger.

The state of Georgia is facing a legal battle stemming from security issues in previous elections. Now, Raffensberger is hoping the new 104 million dollar voting system will help to ease voter concern..

But it’s not just Georgia and it's not just Republicans or Democrats.

“People are fearful that their votes aren’t being counted,” said Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams.

Secretary Adams says half the battle is persuading the public to trust election officials.

Some secretaries are also working to promote federal legislation,
like the "Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act."

Raffensperger says the legislation would give states more power to protect seniors from financial exploitation.

“It's another aspect of financial abuse of seniors, taking advantage of them through scams and other illegal activity," he said.

The conference began on Thursday and will run throughout the weekend.

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