“Very Improbable” – CT Secretary of State on Election Hacking


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a narrative that has gained momentum.

The possibility of a “rigged election” or voting systems being hacked to skew results into one party’s favor was discussed by Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

“If anyone has ever voted in Connecticut, you know you vote on a machine – that machine is not connected to the internet,” said Merrill.

In Connecticut, votes are basically made on a piece of paper.

Its goes into the voting machine, then a card in the machine counts your vote.

“All the paper ballots are kept so we have a paper trail at the end of the night the machine prints out a piece of paper – again paper so we can compare it to everything,” said Merrill.

The final number from each polling place and district gets sent to the state and is entered into the unofficial state website which shows the results.

“Those results are unofficial for weeks, because we go back and verify for weeks,” said Merrill.

Merrill says just introducing the idea that the voting system could be hijacked is damaging enough.

“I think the biggest impact frankly is the lack of conference in the American voter, I think what these people are really trying to do is undermine the election with peoples feeling that their vote won’t count,” said Merrill.