DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli: Election is More Secure Today Than 4 Years Ago

Cuccinelli joins The Rich Zeoli Show

The Rich Zeoli Show
September 23, 2020 - 11:16 am

DHS Acting Deputy Secretary, Ken Cuccinelli, joined The Rich Zeoli Show, discussing the steps being taken to protect the 2020 election from foreign and domestic threats.

“We are actually in a better, more secure place today than we were 4 years ago on the federal level in terms of security against cyber-attacks. All 50 states are talking to us and each other, which is 3 times as many as four years ago.”

Cuccinelli continued, “We’re talking to the states. We’re telling them in classified channels what we’re seeing, what they need to worry about, what they need to adjust for. That didn’t happen 4 years ago.”

 Cuccinelli explained that all state elections are different, which gives another layer of security and protection, however, he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t worried. Especially for states using new methods for 2020.

“I’m paid to worry but states have done this before. The places I worry about the most are the ones who have been changing their system of voting. So, they’re doing something for the first time during a Presidential election. That’s always a little dicey.”

 The acting Deputy Secretary was focused on those states doing all mail-in voting.

“We’re still going to see higher absentee or mail-in vote counts and that requires a different type of security. That’s not so much an internet issue and a cybersecurity issue as it is facility security and sort of a custody of the evidence, to be a lawyer for a moment. You’ve got to be able to track those ballots at every step of their life.”

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