Wyman urges Washington state voters to report emails or posts of election misinformation


Joseph O’Sullivan

OLYMPIA — Washington voters ought to be on the look out for faux data meant to confuse folks within the days main as much as and after the Nov. 3 election, state Secretary of State Kim Wyman mentioned Monday.

“We’re anticipating within the coming days … misinformation and disinformation campaigns shared not solely on social media, however throughout the web,” mentioned Wyman in a information convention with a number of county auditors.

Wyman’s information convention comes after the FBI introduced final week that Iran was sending faux, threatening emails to American voters.

She urged voters to share suspected emails or social media posts with the secretary of state’s workplace “to essentially assist us fight these efforts.”

The FBI mentioned Russia and Iran had obtained voter registration data — which is usually publicly accessible — in an effort to affect the ultimate weeks of the presidential election.

Washington and different states have been on excessive alert for election breaches because it was revealed that Russia meddled within the 2016 presidential election.

This yr’s election comes amid a pandemic, deepening partisan divides and civil unrest.

At the least three of Washington’s 39 counties — King, Snohomish and Thurston — have deliberate for some kind of safety presence at elections workplaces or poll drop containers throughout the voting interval.

Wyman on Monday touted a bunch of safety features in Washington’s vote-by-mail election system, from the safety of drop containers to safe on-line programs and the power to confirm voter signatures as ballots are available in.