New Jersey Counties Prep To Combat Election Hacks, Tampering

Marla Diamond
September 11, 2019 - 6:19 pm
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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey election officials are getting prepared for cyber-threats and other emergency scenarios ahead of the November elections.

Officials from all 21 counties were given different emergency scenarios at a recent training seminar, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

Robert Chils, director of the New Jersey Division of Elections, says one example was how to handle a Twitter account being hacked.

"It had misinformation about the hours of the polls, of being open and closing and when you could get a vote by mail ballot,” he explained of the training scenario. “How would you address that?"

In Monmouth County, Clerk Christine Hanlon says they learned many lessons in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which hit just days before the 2012 Presidential Election.

"Then after 2016, we started thinking more about sort of cyber-security issues as they relate to elections,” she explains.

Other scenarios included a malware attempt, a power outage and a traffic accident that prevented poll workers from getting to their stations on Election Day.

Election representatives say they are confident in the emergency election preparedness skills.

The New Jersey Department of State will be reviewing the results of each county and look for where any potential gaps may be.