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Monroe County Elections Commissioner Confident About Security Measures Discardi

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.

With concerns about the security of the upcoming presidential election, officials at the Monroe County Board of Elections say they are working actively to prevent any security breaches.

Democratic county elections commissioner Tom Ferrarese says the online voter file is updated daily, and voting machines are programmed from a closed system.                    

"It's a brick room literally tucked away in our service center,” he said. “It's not something that's even connected to a county network, or any network, for that matter."

Ferrarese says it's ironic that the voter registration databases that may be considered most attractive to a hacker are a matter of public record.  He says any fields that need to be secured are encrypted and secured behind fire walls.

"Probably the most likely file that somebody would go after is the online voter file.” Ferrarese said. “I have to be honest with you, that changes every day; we update that every day. So anything that anybody would come in and do anything to, is actually replaced on a daily basis."

Ferrarese said he does not recall a time when the Monroe County Board of Elections was the victim of a cyber-attack.