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States testing cyberattacks on election systems

Red, white, and blue striped panels cover a voter voting in a polling booth.
Voter in a polling booth in Maine. Photo: Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Worried about security gaps ahead of the 2018 midterms and beyond, Colorado and Texas are carrying out tests this week to see how officials respond when cyberattacks hit.

The goal is to find any gaps at the county, state, and federal levels before there is actually an attack, Trevor Timmons, the chief information officer for Colorado's Dept. of State, tells Axios. He warned that these aren’t hypotheticals, though: “All of the situations…we prepared are all based on things that have actually happened…because they will happen” again, he said.