Wisconsin elections head apologizes over hack


The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission says the delay in the state being notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about an attempted security breach by Russians was ``not acceptable.''

Commission chairman Mark Thomsen apologized for the late notice at a commission meeting Tuesday.

The state was told by Homeland Security on Friday afternoon that Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. Wisconsin election officials had long said the state was not a target.

Thomsen says, ``If we would have asked more questions, we would have or should have known'' about the hacking attempt. He says, ``it should never be a situation where this commission learns three days ago about something that occurred in October.''

Thomsen says that delay in accountability is ``not acceptable and with that I apologize.''

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