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U.S. Official Focused on Election Security Being Shoved Aside

February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks from Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Matthew Masterson, currently chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and former Ohio state official, is being passed over for a second four-year term as one of the agency's four commissioners, according to sources familiar with the matter.

It is up to the House Speaker to recommend a nominee for the commission post that Masterson currently holds, with the president then making a formal nomination.

Masterson has been a popular figure among state election officials, many of whom have praised his expertise and leadership on cyber security issues and expressed chagrin at his pending departure.

The agency was created by Congress in 2002 to assist states in complying with federal election standards.

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"Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside"
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
There is more than one way to win an election...You have to make sure the "right" votes count.
Crazywaterspring · 56-60, M
In Trumpistan politicians choose votes. Republicans know they can't win elections legitimately.
xinbaba · 61-69, M
wait, who wants voter ID?
Drummer · M
[@655181,xinbaba] What's the weather like today in Moscow, Comrade?...or are you working for Putin's Internet Research Agency troll farm in St. Petersburg?

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