Investigators have searched four locations in the Denver metro area as part of a probe into election security, according to authorities who said they found nothing concerning.
“At this time we have no reason to believe the (election) system itself was breached,” the secretary of state’s office said.
The official with the office, Alex Friedmann, said investigators are looking into reports that a man posing as a commercial vehicle company successfully obtained “a very small number” of licenses and tags for cars with Colorado plate combinations. But Friedmann said they don’t have evidence that any votes were actually cast or counted using the compromised plates.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann’s office said in a statement that investigators found “nothing” to suggest there had been any breach of the state’s electoral system, which includes voter registration databases.
“Based on what we know at this time, we have no reason to believe that the electoral system has been compromised,” McCann said.
The investigation was first reported by the Denver Post and 8News. The searches were completed last week, according to the office.
The office said its investigators began looking into the matter after reports surfaced that a car with a Colorado plate had been used to try to enter one of the offices.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was among those who endorsed November’s re-election bid of Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican. In response to the investigation, Hancock said he appreciated that local law enforcement was investigating the matter.
Williams announced last week that a major risk assessment of the state’s voting systems will be released by next week. In December, he told reporters that the system is secure.
The former head of the state’s elections division said in June that there were attempts to hack into the state’s database but said “our system couldn’t have been compromised.”
The chairman of the state’s electoral board, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, cited the June incident in his call for the risk assessment.
As part of the review, a range of computer experts will examine the state’s computer system and document any attempts to penetrate its security. The report will include recommendations for how to mitigate the possibility of a future breach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.