Maricopa County recorder confident in election security

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There are some questions about how secure this year's elections will be. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There are some questions about how secure this year's elections will be. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, received another briefing on the Russian hack earlier this month. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, received another briefing on the Russian hack earlier this month. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Roughly 1 million ballots were mailed to Maricopa County Voters on Wednesday morning.

Voters will be deciding on a host of school bonds and overrides and other local issues that could affect their taxes.

But there are still a lot of lingering questions about the security of our election system.

Arizona was one of a handful of states targeted by Russian hackers last year, according to the Department of Justice.

[READ MORE: Federal government notifies Arizona, 20 other states of election hacking]

There was a breach in Gila County but no evidence that any records were altered.

The Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, received another briefing on the hack earlier this month. Her office was vague about the information on Wednesday, saying the Department of Homeland Security provided "nothing of note."

[RELATED: Possible evidence of Russian hacking of election in Maricopa County]

But the Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said on Wednesday he is confident that this year's election is secure and will likely upgrade their security for next year.

[RELATED: DHS: AZ voter systems among 21 states targeted by hackers]

"We're looking at best practices not only around the country in elections specifically but in other industries as well because there's [sic] a lot of similarities between the way some of these things work," Fontes said.

[RELATED: Hack that targeted Arizona voter database was easy to prevent, expert says]

In addition to more security, Fontes' office is trying to make it easier for voters to cast ballots.

This election marks the first all-mail ballot election in Maricopa County. 

[RELATED: Was Arizona's voter database hacked? FBI says maybe]

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