Voting security top priority across state

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — When it comes to safeguarding the process of electing officials, like our next President, it’s a localized system in the Nutmeg State.

“Connecticut has one of the strongest security measures in the country,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill. “As everyone knows in Connecticut 169 towns and 169 elections.”

Testing happens for all equipment before the election. Audits happen after.

Voting machines are secured by lock and key.

“We have scan machines, we do not have electronic machines where people vote electronically. We vote on a paper ballot where the paper ballot is kept as a paper record of what’s going on,” said Merrill.

The results are sent in electronically.

“I think they will be accurate and certainly have been in the past,” said Merrill.

Seventy-five percent of U.S. states use a scanner with a paper trail, the number of states still using a touch screen continues to shrink.

As far as the election itself, there is no shortage of drama.

“It’s giving the new meaning the word mudslinging as far as I can tell,” said Merrill.

With such a heated race, emotions are running high.

The hope is that the voting system in Connecticut, remains drama free.

Helpful links for Election 2016:

To find a polling place, click here.

Voter registration application, click here.

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