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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Secretary of State Connie Lawson is pledging to keep Indiana elections secure as she begins her final four years as the state’s election administrator.

Lawson says locking out hackers has become the greatest challenge to for election administrators. She says it’ll be among her top priorities as her office gears up for city and town elections this year, and a presidential election next year.

Lawson, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and Auditor Tera Klutz were sworn in at the statehouse to begin their new terms, after comfortable reelections two months ago. It’s the second full term for Lawson and Mitchell, and the first for Klutz. All three It’s the second term for Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and the first full term for Auditor Tera Klutz — all three were originally appointed to fill vacancies.

Klutz won 56{e7d922e47e34c22374416105a5e46a14ff533ce17ed8ca0dee5410286f8ee502} of the vote in her first statewide election. Governor Holcomb appointed her auditor in 2017 when Suzanne Crouch became lieutenant governor. Mitchell won her first term in 2014, but Treasurer Richard Mourdock had resigned two months before Election Day. Governor Mike Pence appointed a caretaker until the election was decided, but installed Mitchell two weeks after her victory, giving her a six-week head start on her term.

Lawson was first appointed when fraud and perjury convictions forced Charlie White from office. After two elections in her own right, she’ll become Indiana’s longest-serving secretary of state in April 2021, breaking a record that’s stood since 1825.

State Auditor Tera Klutz (left) takes the oath of office from Chief Justice Loretta Rush as Klutz’s husband Zach holds the Bible. (Photo: Indiana State Auditor)