“The increased use of ballot papers due to COVID-19 protocols may give officials incomplete results on election night,” the agencies said in a statement, stressing the possibility that “foreign actors and cybercriminals” could use disinformation to “take advantage of the time required”. to certify and announce election results. ”
The statement, released on Tuesday, called on Americans to obtain information from “reliable sources” such as official government election websites. The warning also said that Americans, when dealing with reports of problems with voting or results, should “verify about several reliable sources” and think twice before sharing unverified material on social media.
The agencies specifically said that foreign actors could try to confuse voters by creating and disseminating misinformation about “voter repression, cyber attacks targeting electoral infrastructure, voter or vote fraud” after the polls closed.
While the warning focused only on foreign misinformation, domestic actors have recently spread similar claims about the upcoming election results.
“What we want election night to look like is a system that is fair, a situation where we know who the President of the United States is on election night. That is how the system should work. And that is ultimately what we are looking for. And what we “Hopefully,” McEnany said in a Fox News interview, in which she also criticized Democrats for increasing access to the ballot.
While a clear winner produced on election night is a modern tradition in American politics, and that is what many expect when looking at the results, it is not required by law and that is not what the system is designed to do.
This story has been updated with additional background information and context.