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Alabama Secretary of State Blasts Viral Election Hacking Video

"It’s unconscionable that somebody would give that any credence," John Merrill told Yellowhammer News on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 08.22.2018 @2:04pm
Alabama Secretary of State Blasts Viral Election Hacking Video

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R-AL) blasted people who believe a recent video that went viral for showing how easily election equipment could be hacked.

In an exclusive interview with Yellowhammer News on Wednesday, Merrill said it is “unconscionable” that anyone would give the video “any credence.”

Rachel Tobac recently posted a video Twitter that showed “how easy it is to physically gain admin access on a voting machine” that is currently being used in 18 states.

“I don’t know that there’s a singular problem with the equipment that’s been challenged, because I can’t think of a single jurisdiction in the United States of America where a polling official would allow anybody that is not authorized to come into contact with the voting equipment and have unfettered access to that equipment at the level that would give them unbridled permission to compromise the integrity of the equipment,” Merrill told Yellowhammer News. “Without question, I can’t think of any jurisdiction where that’d be allowed to occur. It certainly would not be allowed in the state of Alabama.”

“Anybody that watches a video – like the one that’s been circulating on social media – and believes that someone could walk in off the street into a room full of election equipment with unfettered access, manipulate it in a way without being questioned [by election officials], and then reprogram it in the way they want, is not thinking very clearly. Period,” Merrill added.

“It’s unconscionable that somebody would give that any credence. That’s no different than someone saying they could break in the Capitol – or the White House or the Pentagon – if they were given unfettered access,” Merrill said.

Merrill also explained to Yellowhammer News that Alabama’s “election equipment is secure and that election officials continuously monitor the equipment on Election Day.”

“All of our equipment is kept under lock and key,” Merrill explained. “Before the election occurs, the equipment is set-up in each location where it’s required to be for the election to take place. There are security precautions that are entered in to. Our election officials guarantee the safety and security of the equipment so that when people’s votes are cast, we know that they’re cast for the candidate of their choice and are counted for the candidate of their choice.”

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