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New Wisconsin election security council holds first meeting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new council formed to bolster Wisconsin election security is meeting for the first time.

The council includes representatives of 18 organizations, including the FBI, the state Elections Commission, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

The group met on Wednesday morning in Madison. They began the meeting by laying out broad goals of increasing collaboration and developing security training programs.

Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator, laid out steps her agency has already taken to improve security, including adopting strengthened authentication steps to gain access to the state election database, testing local clerks’ systems for vulnerabilities, establishing a technology help desk for local clerks, helping clerks adopt Windows 10 and helping clerks move to government email.

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