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Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to hire new employees and upgraded software to become more secure

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.

The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.

Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.

Staff also is working on multi-factor authentication software. It may not be ready for the August primary but should be ready by the November elections.

They've also set up a May 31 election security training session for local and clerks and working on protecting clerks' email from malicious messages.

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