Federal investigators from the Department of Homeland Security are expected to come to North Carolina to look at voting equipment used in Durham County during the 2016 election.

On Election Day that year, the software equipment used to check voters in at the polls in Durham County appeared to go haywire, which resulted in some people being told they were not on the roster to vote or had already voted.

“There was an early indicator that there was a problem,” said Theresa Payton, who is now the CEO of Fortalice Solutions, a security consulting company.

In the past, Payton served in the George W. Bush White House as the first female chief information officer, overseeing IT operations by the president and his staff.

The investigation by Homeland Security will look at the software purchased from a Florida company, VR Systems, to see if there is any indication of tampering by Russian military intelligence.

Payton said she is afraid it might be too little and too late.

“If you call the police two years after a crime occurs to come back to the crime scene, often times evidence is wither contaminated or mishandled,” she said.

"It doesn’t mean don’t do it, but just understand the results that you are going to get may not be as good as if you had done it in the first 90 days," she added.

As for the upcoming 2020 election, Payton said there is every indication that foreign or possible domestic entities will again try to meddle in the results.

“This is a tactic that is here to stay,” Payton said.


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