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Will County Clerk's Office to participate in cybersecurity program

ISBE released money for local election authorities to use in cybersecurity efforts

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots reads the provisional votes from the Bolingbrook mayoral race Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Will County Building in Joliet, Ill.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots reads the provisional votes from the Bolingbrook mayoral race Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Will County Building in Joliet, Ill.

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots announced Tuesday that the county will be participating in the Cyber Navigator Program, making it eligible for funding through the Help America Vote Act.

The Illinois State Board of Elections has released grant money from Illinois’ allotment under HAVA for local election authorities to use in cybersecurity efforts for the Nov. 6 election, according to a news release from the clerk’s Office.

The grant will be used to upgrade election-related computer systems to address cyber vulnerabilities identified through scans or assessments of existing election systems and implement best cybersecurity practices for election systems and other activities that will improve the security of elections for all offices.

“I have always been proactive and worked very closely with our election vendor and our internal IT Department to make sure we follow the best practices,” Schultz Voots said in the release.

She said that all computers are air gapped from the internet on election night, and no results are ever processed online in Will County.

Voting systems are always backed up with a paper ballot and strict, pre-election and post-election testing in the presence of party chairmen and a representative from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. Visit thewillcountyclerk.com for information.

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