Republican Secretary of State Candidate Mark Meuser visited Santa Maria Friday to talk about the upcoming General Election.
He mentioned a recent MIT study, which ranked California as the third worst state for elections in the nation. The study looked at factors like voter registration and turnout. He says fixing elections would be a priority for him.
"We need to start making a focus of those issues because right now across the nation, there’s a lot of integrity issues. You hear stories about 10-year-olds who are able to hack election sites in 11 minutes," said Meuser. "We’re seeing there’s a lot of unrest on both sides, regardless of your party, about the integrity of elections."
Meuser said another issue is getting more members of the military to vote. He says he has spoken with military members who didn’t get their ballots in time, and he wants to change that.
Meuser is running against current Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
The General Election is coming up on November 6. You must register to vote by October 22 in order to be eligible.
To read the full MIT study Meuser referenced, click here.