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Election Day Nightmares Center on Disinformation

Jason Wojciechowski
Last Updated: September 9th, 2020

The New York Times asked seven security and election experts to weigh in on what nightmare scenarios might look like as polls close on November 3.

Disinformation campaigns by Russia or internal actors pose the biggest threat, largely because it requires only activated networks that already exist.

False flags could work by claiming that China hacked into election systems to throw the race to Biden. It is frighteningly easy As we’ve learned recently around COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests.

Other scenarios involve the shutdown of polling places due to a lack of poll workers and COVID-19 issues. But the use of disinformation to sow distrust or give cover for a candidate to challenge the results appears dangerous and likely.


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