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Durbin: Illinois’ Elections are Vulnerable Because of the State’s Budget Impasse

“Our votes as citizens of Illinois are vulnerable to hacking because of the state budget crisis,” Durbin told reporters on Monday.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told reporters during a press conference on Monday that the state of Illinois’ elections are vulnerable to hacking because of the state’s ongoing budget crisis.

Durbin told reporters that he met with the head of the state board of elections last week and asked him what he was doing to protect the voters of Illinois since the state’s election file was hacked in 2016.

“He said, ‘We are doing our best, we’re working with a security firm,'” Durbin said, further explaining that the state has not been able to pay that security firm in two years because of the budget impasse.

“That means, frankly, that our votes as citizens of Illinois are vulnerable to hacking because of the state budget crisis,” Durbin concluded. “Those are the practical implications of this budget crisis.”