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Political Hacking May Prompt U.S. to Aid Election Security

  • ‘Critical infrastructure’ designation possible, Johnson says
  • Comments follow hacking attacks at Democratic Party groups
A poll volunteer helps a resident with a polling machine during the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election in Laurens, South Carolina, on Feb. 20, 2016.

A poll volunteer helps a resident with a polling machine during the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election in Laurens, South Carolina, on Feb. 20, 2016.

Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg
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U.S. officials are weighing whether to designate elections as national critical infrastructure after recent hacking attacks on political groups, a move that would open up federal assistance to election officers around the country, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure," Johnson told reporters Wednesday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. "There’s a vital national interest in our election process."