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Elections Commission asks for 3 more positionsSubmitted: 11/20/2017
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted to hire three additional staff after Gov. Scott Walker eliminated five positions with a veto in September.

The commission voted unanimously Monday for the authority to seek hiring three additional staff, with two focused on security issues.

The commission is working on updating its security plan after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Russian hackers had targeted the state's election systems in 2016, but did not infiltrate them.

Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas says a 28 percent reduction in staff since 2015 has weakened the ability of elections workers to address voter safety and eroded fulfilling all other state and federal law requirements.

Story By: Associated Press

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Packers defeat Bears 23-16Submitted: 11/12/2017

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