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Tags: 2020 Elections | Cybersecurity | barr | wray | election security | meddling | disinformation

Officials Ask Public to Help Stop Election Meddling

a voter participates in the new hampshire democratic primary
A voter participates in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 February 2020 11:10 AM

Five top government security officials are asking for the public's help in protecting the 2020 elections.

Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, and Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs made their comments in a column posted by USA Today on Wednesday.

"Election season is in full swing, and Americans have already begun to cast their votes in the 2020 presidential primaries," they said. "As we exercise this precious right, we must be mindful that foreign interference and malign influence in our elections are still threats to our democracy.

"Combating these threats requires a whole-of-society approach that deserves the attention of all Americans. While these threats to our elections are perennial, our efforts to defend our democracy are unwavering. As leaders of our government, we are committed to defending our democracy, but we need your help, too.

"We have yet to identify any activity designed to prevent voting or change votes. However, we remain watchful of any malicious activities from cybercriminals and from foreign actors like Russia, China and Iran."

The five officials suggested Americans volunteer to serve as poll workers. They also urged candidates, election officials, and others involved in elections to report suspicious cyber activities.

In addition, they asked that people "help separate facts from falsehoods" by seeking trustworthy sources for information.

And they noted, "Americans can rest assured that our agencies' efforts to defend our public are unwavering."

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