Defense Officials Prepare for ‘Super Tuesday’

As the U.S. prepares for the 2020 presidential primary’s “Super Tuesday,” officials from the nation’s defense agencies are trying to quell election security concerns.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs released a today regarding their preparations for “Super Tuesday.”

The officials said that they will continue to work with all 50 states, territories, political parties, and industry partners to deter foreign interference and mentioned that “Americans must also remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions.”

“They spread false information and propaganda about political processes and candidates on social media in hopes to cause confusion and create doubt in our system,” the letter said. “We remain alert and ready to respond to any efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections.”

The defense officials also recommended that voters do the following:

  • Check your voter registration;
  • Be aware of when and where to vote ahead of time;
  • Check what’s on your ballot; and
  • Know whether your state requires identification.
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