The Secretary of State’s office has announced that they met with Department of Homeland Security officials last week to discuss the alleged attempts by the Russian government to “scan” the statewide voter registration system in 2016. In 2016, Secretary of State Michele Reagan created a panic when she promoted sensationalized reports of Russian hacking,
This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “could not confirm that any attempted Russian government attack occurred whatsoever to any election-related system in Arizona, much less the statewide voter registration database,” according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Experts had questioned Reagan’s melodramatic portrayal of the state’s victimization.
“We consider Arizona not to be one of the 21 states whose electoral systems were allegedly targeted by the Russian government in 2016,” reported the Secretary of State on Thursday.
Democratic Party operatives had attempted to create the narrative that the 2016 election results were suspect due to Russian interference. Reagan garnered considerable media attention due to the Russian hacking rumor.