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States Dispute ‘Rigged Election’ Claims, Cite Focus on Security

  • Officials raise concerns of intimidation at polling places
  • States readying cybersecurity to thwart hacking attacks
Voting booths stand at the ready as students return to school on Nov. 5, 2012, in New York City.
Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

State election officials and cybersecurity experts disputed claims that the U.S. presidential election will be “rigged,” while acknowledging there are legitimate concerns about hacking and voter intimidation.

Rumors around this year’s election -- including worries that voting machines could be manipulated to change a vote from one candidate to another -- have flooded phone lines, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in Washington Thursday. Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections, said the distractions mean that “not enough attention has been paid to security in the elections process.”