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Voters are urged to be patient and not contact Russian-related sources for information on voting results
WASHINGTON – US federal officials warn of a potential wave of disinformation that could be launched by US opponents in the hours after polling stations close in November’s presidential election.
Officials speculate that with a significant proportion of voters going to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, election results may not be known the night after the vote or even the next day..
“The counting will probably take a little longer due to the increase in the number of absentee ballots,” – said on Tuesday the head of the Federal Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Christopher Krebs at a virtual cybersecurity summit hosted by Billington Cybersecurity..
“Be patient,” he said to voters.
This is not the first time Krebs has issued such a warning, but his message has become more relevant as the election is less than two months away and more attention is paid to mail-order voting..
“Constituency officials are trying to shape the expectations of voters and the media to be prepared,” said Trevor Timmons, head of information for the Colorado Department of State..
Colorado is one of several states that allows all registered voters to vote by mail. However, the timing for starting counting of ballots sent by mail varies from state to state..
Under Colorado law, counting of such ballots can begin 15 days before election day, although the results cannot be released until the close of the personal vote.
On the other hand, at least 15 states cannot count ballots received in the mail until polling stations close..
As a result, it is quite possible that Americans will go to bed on election night without knowing who will lead the United States for the next four years – the current President Donald Trump or the former Vice President Joe Biden..
Department of Homeland Security works with state and local governments to educate voters about where they can get accurate and timely information.
In particular, representatives of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection warn voters against receiving information from sources related to Russia, such as RT and Sputnik, as well as Ruptly, which positions itself as an international news agency that produces videos on demand..