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Elections chief: Voting machines are safe

Voting machines are not on the internet (Source: WALB) Voting machines are not on the internet (Source: WALB)
Ginger Nickerson (Source: WALB) Ginger Nickerson (Source: WALB)
A sealed voting machine (Source: WALB) A sealed voting machine (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

We are just 38 days away from the presidential election, and American intelligence believes Russia is trying to impact the results. 

Officials told NBC they have drawn "direct links" between the Russian government and hacking activity against the election. There has been hacking activity in at least 20 states.

But the Dougherty County elections supervisor says Georgia voters should not worry. She says the voting machines are not connected to the internet, so hackers can't even get to them, and her staff works hard to make sure everything is locked and secured. 

There is also logic and accuracy testing when the equipment is first opened, and that is open to the public. 

All the machines are double checked with chips to ensure the vote will go through.

 "There is no network connectivity, and with everything, there is a paper trail within that unit once we tally up. And of course, all of this is open to the public for viewing at the closing of the polls," said Dougherty Co. Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson.

The office in Dougherty County has been prepared for the election since the start of this month. 

They say they are ready for November.

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