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In her response to President Trump's State of the Union address, Stacey Abrams went through some of the top issues for the Democratic Party.

Health care. Climate change. Gun safety.

Then she brought up a topic Democrats are planning to spend a lot of time on over the next two years: voting.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos discusses cybersecurity and priorities in the new legislative session on "Vermont Edition."
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos just returned from the National Association of Secretaries of State meeting in Washington, D.C. We're talking with Sec. Condos about what he learned at the NASS meeting about voting security and cyber threats facing states today, and discussing constitutional amendments in the legislature.

H. Brooke Paige and Jim Condos debate their positions for the office of Vermont's Secretary of State.
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As part of our series of debates with major party candidates for statewide office, we hear from Democratic incumbent Secretary of State Jim Condos and Republican challenger H. Brooke Paige.

H. Brooke Paige won the GOP nomination to six statewide offices in Vermont's primary election. He has withdrawn from five of the six races he won and is only vying for the office of Vermont Secretary of State.
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H. Brooke Paige is the Republican candidate for Vermont Secretary of State who has a unique history of running for office in Vermont: he's run for several different offices, and for different parties, in the past. 

In the August primary, Paige ran for, and won, six different offices for the Republican party. He withdrew from all of those races, except one: Secretary of State.

A number of states are blocking web traffic from foreign countries to their voter registration websites, making the process harder for some U.S. citizens who live overseas to vote, despite the practice providing no real security benefits.

Secretary Of State Jim Condos is seeking his fifth term in that office in the Nov. 6 election.
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After serving four terms as Vermont’s Secretary of State, Jim Condos says there is still unfinished business he would like to accomplish. That's why he is seeking a fifth term in office and will be the Democratic candidate on the ballot on Vermont's Nov. 6 election.

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
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Secretary of State Jim Condos is backing an effort to give Vermonters easier access to public records.

Secretary of State Jim Condos, left, and Tess Taylor, vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, certify election results at Condos' office Tuesday.
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Fears of low turnout for Vermont’s midsummer primary proved to be unfounded, as the final vote counts certified by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday show historically high participation in last week’s primary elections.

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
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A cybersecurity firm hired earlier this year to try to hack into Vermont’s elections system uncovered a potential vulnerability, according to records requested by VPR. But Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office has since mitigated the risk.

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Early voting for the Aug. 14 Vermont primary election is underway.

Voters now have just over six weeks to cast a ballot in the major party contests for statewide and legislative races.

Sec. of State Jim Condos discusses how states like Vermont could be vulnerable to election meddling, and what's needed to secure future elections.
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Thirteen Russians face indictments for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security identified more than 20 states whose voting systems were compromised by Russian hackers. As they face concerns over election integrity both inside and outside the ballot box, how are Vermont officials keeping future elections secure?

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is urging Congress to release nearly $400 million from a special fund to help states upgrade their voting systems to protect them from future cyberattacks.

Although many vote tabulators in Vermont are 20 years old, Condos says it would be extremely difficult for anyone to hack into these machines.

Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Vermont Edition to discuss several voting issues, including the president's election integrity commission.
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In May, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Secretary of State Jim Condos joins us to share his thoughts on the need for the commission.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he doesn't trust the agenda of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says Vermont will take whatever steps are needed to protect the state's voter data base from a national commission created by President Trump.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he doesn't trust the agenda of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says that for now he won't send any Vermont voter information to the Presidential Election Integrity Commission.

Voters make their choice in Montpelier in this file photo. We're talking about what information the state collects on voters, and how that information is managed.
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The Trump administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has requested that states hand over detailed personal information on voters.  Vermont Edition talks to Secretary of State Jim Condos about how he plans to respond to the controversial request.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he doesn't trust the agenda of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission is a "partisan witch hunt" that has the goal of suppressing voting rights in the U.S. And for the time being, Condos says he will not comply with the commission's request that he turn over Vermont's voter data base to the panel.

Montpelier City Clerk John Odum with one of the city's optical scan voting machines.
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office is actively taking steps to protect the state's election system from being manipulated by foreign or domestic computer hackers, but says there's no evidence so far to indicate that Vermont's voting system was breached.

Responding to a report that 39 state election systems were targeted by cyberattacks during the 2016 elections, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said Tuesday that state officials aren’t aware of any evidence that Vermont’s elections systems were targeted.

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