Election officials look to launch security outreach plan

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin officials want to launch a public relations push to reassure people that elections are secure.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission staffers plan to ask the panel Tuesday for permission to spend $260,000 to develop website information, videos, news releases and graphics. A survey conducted by advertising firm KW2 for the commission this fall found many respondents were worried about cyber-attacks, absentee ballots not getting counted and vote machine tampering.

The commission would use a $7 million federal grant to bolster election security to pay for the outreach campaign.