Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hosemann stands up to DHS over election systems

Secretary of State Gibbit Hoseman issued the following statement:

Secretary Hosemann’s Statement on Designation of State Election Systems as “Critical Infrastructure”
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s sudden decision to designate state election systems as ‘critical infrastructure’ is overreaching and unnecessary.  The U.S. Constitution delegates responsibility for conducting elections to the states.  The diversity of current state election systems is one reason these systems have remained secure.  Despite widespread concern about cyberattacks (and repeated attempts), Mississippi’s Statewide Elections Management System was not breached.  In fact, the Department of Homeland Security commended Mississippi for its current cybersecurity protocols.  No citizen’s vote was compromised in Mississippi.
In the coming days, I will seek more information about the effect of this ‘critical infrastructure’ designation.  I remain committed to protecting Mississippians’ personal registration information and protecting each and every vote.  Clearly this can be accomplished without overreach by the federal government.”


Anonymous said...

The Department of Homeland Security is overreaching and unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

Stands up?? Bulls**t. This is nothing but another one of Dilbert's self-engrandizing press releases, tooting his horn. Let's see what he does regarding this 'intrusion' by the feds and Homeland Security, other than releasing this comment and talking about it on Supertalk.

Anonymous said...

ah yes, 97.3 FM. You go Joe Trailer- park. So glad you could escape my man!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be more helpful to share your protocols with the feds? If you are doing something right people usually want to copyit.

Anonymous said...

1. I believe the term you're looking for is "self-aggrandizing." You used something that is not a word.

2. This act by DHS is a huge, unconstitutional overreach, par for the course for Dear Leader's lawless regime.

3. I did not vote for Trump, but I have high confidence that this move will be voided out in about 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

Idiots all. Hoseman did all he could do. Some of you actually think he has arrest powers and can overthrow the state constitution while mandating new uniforms for guards at the mansion? He issued a statement regarding a process which he oversees. That's the limit of his authority on the matter.

Anonymous said...

There is no question that there were attempts to hack voting machines. Fortunately, they were caught in time.

I don't know what the federal proposals are, but I suspect there are some sensible measures we can take to be sure our votes remain secure.

I doubt that all States have the ability or resources with sufficient expertise to secure their systems and catch hacking attempts in time. But, I think we need to be certain they do if we are expected to have confidence.

We need to improve our cybersecurity at every level and we need to be wise about how we are going to do that.

But, we are in a downward spiral of one party being against something only because the other party is for it. As a result, we are constantly " throwing out the baby with the bathwater".

Anonymous said...

Isn't the racist pot stirrer Benny Thumpson head of homeland security? I guess they are wanting this because Mississippi had more living than dead vote this past election and they need some more leverage for the Dem vote.

Anonymous said...

Benny Thompson is the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Fortunately, that means he's irrelevant. I doubt he'll be chairman of anything again in his lifetime. That's the reality of the GOP/Dem national map for the foreseeable future.

Bennie Is A Circus.. said...

Bennie is NOT the ranking member of the House Committee. He was when the Dems had the House, but that was some years back. He is the ranking minority member (no pun intended) which is even less relevant.

The only thing he is majority ranking member of is the Charles Rangle Summer Vacation Junket Carnival Cruise. And I do mean Carnival!

Anonymous said...

10:48 here is your civics lesson for today. Ranking member, in Congressional terms, means the senior (generally, but with exceptions because of other committee assignments) member of the minority party. If the Dems were in the majority, Thompson would be the chairman, and the Republican that is chairman today would become the 'ranking member'.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know exactly what a press release will accomplish to solve the problem alleged? Nothing, I presume.

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