Meantime, fewer than half of the estimated 50 senior state elections officials who requested federal security clearances have received them, DHS says. Russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election, DHS says, and separately launched a social media blitz aimed at inflaming social tensions and sowing confusion. As a stopgap, DHS is providing one-day "read-ins" on secret information this week in Washington to about 100 senior state officials - secretaries of state and elections directors - gathered there for a meeting.
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