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Mandy Vigil of New Mexico works during a 2020 exercise in Springfield, Va., for state and local election officials. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
America's state and local officials are increasingly bringing a battlefield mentality to election security, the AP notes.
Why it matters: Elections security worries have soared to new levels due to Russian military agents targeting voting systems nationwide.
The big picture: The Harvard-based Defending Digital Democracy Project, founded by former presidential campaign manager Robby Mook and Matt Rhoades, brought election officials from 24 states together with military advisers.
The bottom line: “If democracy is under attack and you guys are the ones at the pointy end of the spear," said Eric Rosenbach, co-director of the Belfer Center, "why shouldn’t we train that way?"
A rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse, where the moon covers the sun.