The Obama administration failed to warn state election officials of any Russian attempt to hack or meddle with the country’s electoral systems, according to the top official of the National Association of Secretaries of State, The Daily Caller reports.
Denise Merrill, who is Connecticut’s secretary of state and the association’s president, said they did ask but over-and-over again they were told there was no credible threat.
Merrill also said the Obama administration did not arrange any private briefings for state election officials about a potential Russian threat to the elections.
“No. We were not briefed on any of that. We were not told in advance.”
Merrill, who is a Democrat, used to serve as majority leader in Connecticut’s House of Representatives.
As president of the association, she is representing all of her fellow secretaries of state throughout the country.