Minnesota is joining a six-month election security “policy academy” as part of a nationwide effort to safeguard state voting systems in the aftermath of Russian hacking attempts during the 2016 presidential election.
The National Governors Association picked Minnesota and five other states to work on response plans for attacks on voting systems and to boost communication among state agencies charged with protecting election integrity.
“Minnesotans understand that voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and that risking the integrity of our elections is not an option,” Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday in a statement. “That’s why I’m committed to finding security solutions for any existing and future threats to our elections.”