JRL NEWSWATCH: “Surprise, Maryland – your election contractor has ties to Russia” – Washington Post Editorial

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“… an Internet technology company with which [Maryland] contracts to hold electronic voting information is connected to a Russian oligarch … ‘very close’ to … Putin. Maryland leaders did not know about the connection until the FBI told them. Maryland[] … chose a company to keep electronic information on voter registration, election results and other … data. … [a] company … later purchased by a firm run by a Russian millionaire and heavily invested in by a Kremlin-connected Russian billionaire. … [T]he state does not have any sense that these Russia links have had any impact on the conduct of its elections, and it is scrambling to shore up its data handling …. The quality of … contractors that states employ to handle… election-related tasks is just one of many concerns election-security experts have identified ….”

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