Nov 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Acting DHS chief: "No indications" of foreign interference in voting

Photo of DHS acting secretary Chad Wolf at his confirmation hearing
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said on Tuesday there is no evidence so far that a “foreign actor” compromised votes in the 2020 election, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Since Russians interfered with the 2016 election and hacked the emails of Democratic officials, the country has been antsy about a potential repeat in an already closely contested election.

Driving the news: Wolf refuted the possibility of interference at a press conference on Election Day. "We have no indications that a foreign actor has succeeded in compromising or manipulating any votes in this election," he said.

  • More than 90 million voters have submitted ballots already. Millions more are expected to cast their votes today.
  • The level of early voter turnout is unprecedented.
  • Wolf previously told CBS the agency was still on "high alert."

Yes, but: The election is not absent manipulation — last month, Iran sent threatening emails to Democratic voters, intending to intimidate them into voting for Trump.

  • Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also warned that Iran and Russia had obtained voter data in October.
  • The U.S. Cyber Command recently expanded operations to identify election-related hacking by China, Russia and Iran.

The bottom line: Though there appears to be no election meddling so far, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening or won’t happen.

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