Election officials prepare for threats in 2020 election

Election leaders from across the country have been reviewing the latest threats to your vote.


Election leaders from across the country have been reviewing the latest threats to your vote.

Top election leaders from coast to coast are holding their last scheduled conference before Election Day. Tuesday, they focused on election security.

This summer's annual conference of election leaders went virtual due to the pandemic but with the same urgency about election security.

Matt Masterson, with the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, weighed in on how voters can help with the pressing issues at hand.

"Any activity that your seeing that just seems out of the norm, please share it with us," Masterson said. "It leads to these alerts; it leads to these warnings."

Masterson also warned election leaders of cyber security steps that still need to be improved.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold pressed DHS to be more transparent with the public on specific examples of disinformation threats.

"The push to declassify disinformation quickly. We know that Russia, China and other countries are trying to suppress voters," Griswold said. "I would like to roll out information on disinformation in a bipartisan state to federal way."

An attack on the 2020 elections may already be underway.

Senior Democratic leaders in Congress wrote in a letter to the FBI last week, "Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign influence campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election."

Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, has issued a vow: "When we see our adversaries attempting to interfere with democratic processes, we will act."

Meanwhile, the Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on preparations for the November elections and possible threats.

Mark Albert is the chief national investigative correspondent for the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit, based in Washington D.C. April Chunko and Samone Blair contributed to this report.

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