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Live on Webcams: Election Officials Count 2020 Ballots

To boost voter confidence, election officials in numerous counties are taking transparency to the ultimate level, installing live cameras in the rooms where ballots are sorted, verified and counted.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 30, 2020
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How State and Local Officials Plan to Prevent Election Violence

The U.S. has a long history of political violence, which has mostly been avoided in the recent past. State and local officials worry this year is shaping up as an exception.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 30, 2020
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Election Officers Decide: Intimidation or Enthusiastic Voting?

In addition to combating voting misinformation, Florida election supervisors must determine if bullhorn yelling and flag-waving caravans are harmless acts of voter enthusiasm or if they’re calculated acts of intimidation.

By Mary ellen Klas and Ana Ceballos, The Miami Herald  |  October 29, 2020
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Georgia’s Electronic Voting System Vulnerable to Attacks

With doubts and mistrust about election day results mounting, attention has turned to the state’s new electronic voting system, which is considered vulnerable to cyberattacks that could undermine public confidence.

By Alan Judd, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  October 26, 2020
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Minnesota Assures Election Security for Absentee Ballots

Election officials are assuring voters that this year is no different: Their ballots will be counted and the election results will be fair. Roughly half of the state’s registered voters have requested absentee ballots.

By Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times  |  October 23, 2020
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Iran May Have Sent Threatening Voter Emails, Feds Say

Government officials have confirmed that Iran and Russia have obtained some voter registration information and that the threatening emails sent to voters in Florida and other states may have come from Iran.

By Ana Ceballos and Samantha Gross, Miami Herald  |  October 22, 2020
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Washington State Counties Plan Extra Security for Election

King, Snohomish and Thurston counties are all taking extra steps to ensure that the November election’s voting is secure. Officials are confident that they will be able to take in, process and count ballots.

By Joseph O'Sullivan, The Seattle Times  |  October 16, 2020
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Security Pros’ Vital Role in Thwarting Election Disinformation

There is much that they can do to support what state and local election officials are doing to counter efforts by those who would weaken our democratic institutions through distrust and suspicion.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  October 20, 2020
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Colorado Preps for Election Night Disinformation Problems

Bracing for a potential swell in foreign interference, the Centennial State has brought on a new team of national security experts to monitor and mitigate potential threats against county election systems.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  October 15, 2020
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Nearly 4,000 Mail-In Ballots from Connecticut Primary Rejected

Thousands of absentee ballots were rejected during the state’s primary election in August due to a number of issues. But the 2 percent rejection rate isn’t unusual because it matches the historical rejection levels.

By Sten Spinella, The Day  |  October 12, 2020
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Partisan Websites Try to Dupe Michiganders as Local News

These false websites have been prevalent since 2016 but an investigation found that the number of these fakes has tripled in 2020. And local news is a perfect place for disinformation due to greater levels of trust.

By Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press  |  October 8, 2020
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