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Democrats demand investigation into possible Russian hack in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) --- Wisconsin lawmakers are demanding answers on whether the state was a target of a possible Russian hack. A report from U.S. Intelligence officials say Wisconsin was compromised by hackers leading up to the 2016 election. On Thursday, a hand delivered letter was sent to the Governor and other GOP leaders by Democrats demanding for an immediate investigation.

The news does not come at a good time with the Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas announcing his resignation this week. With his departure democrats are demanding republicans to fully fund the elections commission to ensure they have the resources and staff for elections to be secure.

Federal officials say there were no signs that hackers were successful in these attempts in Wisconsin. There are no specifics on what systems were affected to see what might have been compromised. However most lawmakers want to make sure this possibility doesn't happen again and to never put our state at risk.

“Republicans need to take ownership that they are the ones who have underfunded the elections commission, said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D- La Crosse). “They have cut their budget and have also moved forward to fire their administrator. We need to make sure there is continuity that there is certainly that the voters, candidates and clerks have confidence in our elections system."

Spokesperson from the Elections Commission Reid Magney says systems in place now are protected and that more than 9 million times a year hackers from around the world can scan state government systems. Magney also says Wisconsin's voter registration and technology systems are secure. They are not aware of any new Russian targeting beyond attempts in 2016.

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