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SAN FRANCISCO — A bipartisan group of federal election officials, national security advisors and a retired U.S. general have formed a coalition to fight election hacking with the aim of establishing protocols that would keep Russians and other state entities from interfering with the voting process. 


At a Tuesday news conference at the headquarters of the foreign policy think-tank Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., the group plans to announce it’s working on a list of necessary procedures and standards that state and local election officials must do, such as implementing digital firewalls around election data and making sure there are paper ballots to allow for auditing of all election tallies. It has given itself a 60-day deadline to produce the guidelines.

The group also plans to pressure Congress to fund the election officials’ activities “because if the states and local election officials have one gripe we have to concede to them, it’s that they’re broke,” said Jake Braun, a former senior consultant on cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration who is helping organize the coalition….