Who’s behind voting-machine makers? Money of unclear origins

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials are learning that private equity firms, which don’t disclose whose money they’re investing, hold major stakes in voting-machine makers.

North Carolina’s statewide elections board last month demanded ownership information amid worries of foreign interference in U.S. elections. The concern has grown since special counsel Robert Mueller’s April report on how Russians tried to sway the last presidential vote.

The private-equity backers of the three voting systems vendors seeking approval to sell in North Carolina told The Associated Press they’re controlled by U.S. citizens, and have no ties to foreigners who are sanctioned by Washington.

But they didn’t tell the state board whose money they invest. The companies wanted even their limited responses to be kept confidential, but the state released them to The AP as required by the public records law.

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