Half of Americans Say Trump Has Personally Invited Election Interference , U.S. government is doing enough to defend against those potential attacks, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. They’re right to be concerned. As a new Rolling Stone investigation revealed, counties, states,
And the federal government have made progress since the 2016 elections to guard against election hacking and combat foreign online propaganda.
But many more vulnerabilities remain in the form of out-of-date voting machines, easily infiltrated voter registration databases, websites and databases vulnerable to ransomware attacks,
Or weak spots in the architecture of the internet itself that could allow adversaries to cause chaos on election day. If the goal of Russia’s cyberattacks and online propaganda during the 2016 U.S. election was proving it could be done ,The goal in 2020 — whether it’s Russia, Iran,
Or North Korea — could be to undermine Americans’ trust in the integrity of our elections. U.S. elections were fair. Four in 10 people surveyed said they believe a foreign country will tamper with the actual vote count in the 2020 elections, even though there’s no evidence of vote-tampering in the last two elections.
President Trump — who in 2016 invited Russia to “find” Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails (“Russia, if you’re listening …”) More than half of Americans (56 percent) said he has done little or nothing at all to prepare the country for interference and online propaganda in the upcoming election.
And almost as many people (51 percent) said Trump has personally invited election interference. As Joshua Geltzer, a former National Security Council lawyer under President Obama, recently told me, Read More