Politics Russia tried to corrupt the 2016 election. Could it do the same Tuesday?

15:16  05 november  2017
15:16  05 november  2017 Source:   MSN

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When eight states hold elections Tuesday , they'll be some of the first to do so on the newly shaky ground of the U.S. election system's integrity. That's the world we live in after U.S. intelligence officials determined Russia launched a cyber campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election .

Voters drop off their ballots at a ballot drop box for the next US president in the general election in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 8, 2016 . When eight states hold elections Tuesday , they’ll be some of the first to do so on the newly shaky ground of the U.S. election system’s integrity.

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When eight states hold elections Tuesday, they'll be some of the first to do so on the newly shaky ground of the U.S. election system's integrity.

That's the world we live in after U.S. intelligence officials determined Russia launched a cyber campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Over the past week, lawmakers have revealed the extraordinarily detailed scheme to influence the votes of tens of millions of Americans, and even to spread false information about how to vote. Lawmakers said this misinformation campaign is ongoing.

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One can reasonably state that Russia tried to influence the 2016 elections to some degree (the degrees are debated and are the subject of this page).

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We also recently learned that at least 21 state election systems were targeted by Russian hackers before the 2016 election.

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There’s no evidence that Russians were able to change any votes after they were cast, but at the very least, they succeeded in raising questions about the U.S. voting process — questions that James Norton, a homeland security expert and former official in the George W. Bush administration, said aren’t unfounded.

The Fix talked to Norton ahead of Tuesday’s elections. Our conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

THE FIX: When voters go to the polls Tuesday, what, if anything, should they be concerned about from a security perspective?

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NORTON: You want to make sure all the votes are counted. For stations that do use electronic polling stations, do they have the right amount of security, or they are being dealt with by people who are trained to monitor the machines? As the information passes from each town, that it’s passed in a secure way. That all the voter rolls have been counted, and that all the names on there are legitimate, and there’s been a thorough run-through of that list, and that you have the right people voting. These are all things that could be an issue if not handled appropriately.

That’s a lot of things! Should voters be concerned that Russia is trying to change their vote, either before or after it’s cast?

The integrity of voter rolls, voter data, and voters’ decision process needs to be stronger. The secretaries of state aren’t in charge of cyber; they are in charge of elections. That’s been their role for 200 years, but [protecting elections from hacking] is not their role. I think governors need to appoint cyber directors.

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Breitbart is reporting that “Donald Trump’s claim that the 2016 presidential election could be rigged is all too true, and there’s a It is difficult to not root for the Russian hackers because the Democrats are so very corrupt . Bill, Hillary and Harvey Weinstein Share the Same Unspeakable Perversion.

September 27, 2016 : “I mean, it could be Russia , but it could also be China, but it could also be lots of other people, it also could be That’s our worst fear, that the Russians tried to literally cheat the election by changing voter data. I was about to say the same thing…when he lies, he tells the truth.

There’s been a push to put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of this. I think that’s a mistake. DHS was never set up to be an election-monitoring organization. They lack the money and resources to really run a massive operation to try to secure every polling station in the country. It’s just not possible.

Should voters be concerned that what information they consume on social media about their local elections isn’t real?

Yeah, absolutely.

What we’re learning from Facebook, Twitter and Google is that they really don’t have any control of what’s on their platforms, and they are kind of running to catch up to see what’s on there. They created this environment where anybody can plug and play. It’s this global wild West, because what the attorneys for these companies were saying to Congress is that they don’t necessarily follow the rules of any one country.

a man and text: A Russian Facebook page that lawmakers said is an entirely made-up group. © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post A Russian Facebook page that lawmakers said is an entirely made-up group. I think that it is scary we can’t trust the information we see online, or that we have to question it.

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He's answered questions about attempts to hack the 2016 election many different ways I think it would be great if we got along with Russia because we could fight ISIS together, as an example. Spicer said Tuesday he hasn't asked Trump whether he believes Russia interfered in the election .

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You’ve recently testified to Congress about all this. What can they do to keep elections safe and honest?

A lot of the conversation in Congress is: What is the role of the government, and what can we be doing to support efforts to help clean this up? When individuals’ private data is breached [as the state's voter database in Illinois was], what does it mean to lose your data? Is there a value to that?

But it’s incumbent on social media platforms to give some sort of guarantee that the information on them is real, and show where it’s coming from.

State and federal officials say one particularly pernicious effect of all this is that people might decide not to vote if they don’t think it will be counted accurately.

This could be a motivator in the sense of foreign adversaries trying to create civil unrest or influence elections. Hopefully it motivates people to go out and practice their civic duty and to vote.

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Bottom line, we don’t know how to ensure that some of the digital information we rely on to vote is real, nor how to ensure that parts of our voting process won’t be corrupted?

Right. It seems like we are constantly cleaning up yesterday’s messes. For the most part we have the right idea of having a safe, secure election. However, we are grossly underfunded and we lack a strategy at both the federal and state and local level to have a comprehensive security plan, not only for this Tuesday but for two or four years from now.

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President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of inventing doping allegations against Russian athletes to influence next year's presidential election, which he is widely expected to contest and win. "In response to our alleged interference in their election, they want to create problems for the election of the president of Russia," Putin said in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk.Putin has not said whether he will contest the March election but few analysts say they believe he will pass up the chance to extend his Kremlin term to 2024.

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