Officials: Potter County computer virus not affecting early voting

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Potter County is working to resolve a virus that hit its computer systems.

Potter County Director of Information Technology, Brandon Purrington, said it happened Friday morning. He said some data has been encrypted.

Election Administrator for Potter County, Melynn Huntley, said early voting is not affected and will continue as normal.

“We had already started working on an emergency plan, so we implemented it and at 8 a.m. this morning when everybody started voting. Your vote is secure, the vote that you cast will cast just as it’s supposed to. Everything we normally do during an election will function just as it normally does,” said Huntley.

Purrington said they have taken steps to segment the county off, purposely disconnecting everything so the virus doesn’t spread. 

The county said specialists are on their way to help them get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.

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