U.S. Government Warns of Continuous Election Meddling Efforts


U.S. Government Warns of Continuous Election Meddling Efforts (Mar 3, 2020)

In preparation for the presidential primaries, multiple United States government agencies and departments came together to issue a joint statement regarding foreign actors attempting to interfere with the election process. The statement reads that Americans should “...remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions.” The statement warns of foreign actors using social media to spread false information about candidates and processes, causing confusion and inspiring doubt in voters. The agencies and departments are committed to working together to thwart any threat actors looking to undermine the democratic process in the 2020 elections. The agencies and departments include Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and will be working closely with all state and local governments throughout the election season.

Recommendation: We encourage all voters to take the extra step to “fact check” social media posts regarding election information, political candidates, and the election process. Voters should use their local and state election offices to verify voting locations and identifications policies prior to going to the polls, and should check voter registration information upon arrival to vote. Anyone who observes a violation of federal voting rights should file a complaint to the Department of Justice, which can be done through their website.

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