Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s workplace says there isn’t any fact to the accusations that the state election system forwarded non-public voter info to a Pakistanti-based intelligence firm.
In an election-themed “Info vs. Myths” doc up to date on Tuesday, the secretary of state’s workplace pushed again on claims from the Texas-based group True the Vote that the workplace had responded to a request for the state’s publicly accessible voter checklist in an e mail that carbon copied the CEO of a Pakistani-owned intelligence firm. True the Vote is a conservative nonprofit group centered on figuring out voter fraud.
Earlier in December, True the Vote had despatched a letter to the federal Division of Justice relating to the e-mail and carbon copied handle, saying it “seems to be proof of a breach inside the Nevada Secretary of State’s e mail system.”
However in its up to date “Info vs. Myths” doc, the secretary of state’s workplace wrote that a person from True the Vote had manually added the overseas e mail handle to the carbon copy line of the e-mail request course of for any bulk knowledge downloads from the workplace.
“The automated program then despatched the knowledge as requested,” the workplace wrote. “The SOS IT workers has confirmed there have been no hacks or different causes this might have occurred. This incident has been referred to acceptable regulation enforcement.”
The workplace additionally said that it doesn’t present any voter privately identifiable info resembling partial social safety numbers, driver’s license numbers or e mail addresses — solely info that’s already a matter of public document. Cegavske, a Republican, confronted related allegations throughout her 2018 race in opposition to Democrat Nelson Arajuo for allegedly offering non-public voter info to a Trump administration election integrity fee.
Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote’s founder, mentioned in a message that nobody on the group had manually added the overseas e mail handle of their e mail request to the secretary of state’s workplace.
“We welcome the chance to speak with anybody at NV SOS and encourage them to take a look at the IP handle from whence the request(s) originated,” she mentioned in a message. “It was not from us. And that’s the reason we reported it.”
Earlier this month, Cegavske’s workplace revealed the preliminary “Info vs. Myths” doc as an oblique push again in opposition to claims of widespread voter fraud within the state’s 2020 election made by President Donald Trump and his marketing campaign. Cegavske’s workplace wrote that it was pursuing a number of “remoted” instances of voter fraud however that there was no proof of wide-spread fraud that will have an effect on Trump’s 33,596-vote loss within the state.
Moreover, the secretary of state’s workplace mentioned it has not detected any hack of its inner programs by “any of our many passive and lively cybersecurity sensors.”