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Wisconsin election security focus of testing, planning

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Current plans for bolstering election security in Wisconsin call for training nearly 2,000 local clerks on how to protect passwords and thwart computer hacking.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is working with cyber-security specialists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct a two-week risk-assessment test to identify vulnerabilities. The test will take place in May or June.

The commission was meeting on Tuesday to discuss its security plan. It comes after federal officials said Russians attempted to hack into Wisconsin state computers the 2016 election. State officials have said the hacking attempts were unsuccessful and no voter data were compromised.

One difficulty Wisconsin election officials have encountered has been in finding the best way to train the 1,853 municipal clerks who run elections. Current plans call for both using online tutorials and having counties serve as regional training hubs.

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