Butterfield Wants Answers on Delayed Investigation into Technology Failures at Durham Polling Locations During 2016 Election

Jun 13, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, requesting information on why a forensic analysis was not conducted by the Department on laptops used at Durham County polling locations after multiple state officials requested assistance following technology failures on Election Day in 2016.

The letter highlights the critical failure of an electronic pollbook product used by election officials in Durham County on Election Day in 2016.  The failure caused major problems and confusion at several polling locations, leading to election officials needing to change to paper ballots.  As a result, long lines and delays occurred and some voters were not able to cast their ballots.  The election technology vendor, VR Systems, recently confirmed it believes it was the redacted voting technology company referenced as a target of Russian hackers in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller II’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

While DHS recently agreed to assist with a forensic analysis of the laptops used in Durham County during the 2016 election, Congressman Butterfield’s letter expresses serious concerns with DHS’s delayed response to this serious matter and calls for details on the cause of this delay.  The letter also requests details on the Department’s intentions for the forensic analysis. He also requests a briefing of the findings be made to members of the North Carolina delegation and the Committee on House Administration.

Congressman Butterfield is a member of the Committee on House Administration which is charged with oversight of federal elections.

Full text of the letter can be found here.




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