Ballot Watch: Combating voter disinformation in the 2020 election

ABC News’ Linsey Davis looks at how officials are fighting against misleading information being spread to voters in an already confusing election.
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Transcript for Ballot Watch: Combating voter disinformation in the 2020 election
It keeps conversations with top election officials and key battleground states and you've heard their warning that the one thing that concerns them most heading into Election Day. Is the spread of dis information to voters. In the midst of a pandemic in an already confusing voting process this year these attempts to create further confusion aimed at suppressing voter turnout often targeted at minorities pose a unique threat to Americans looking to exercise their right to vote. So what are the most common types of disinformation. And what's being done to combat it could take a closer look. In tonight's ballot lunch. As Election Day approaches it's the refrain we've heard again and again what keeps you up at night if anything as it. A class of the selection. Well certainly the biggest variable as misinformation. And we've done an incredible amount of investment in educating our voters she's not just know their rights in their options to vote this year but to be who cared to counter. Disinformation or misinformation. Worried me amounts in mixed in December in about an election. Their ire he can use voters Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson says the disinformation. Has come in multiple forms. He kept robo calls we have at full text messages in various other things designed to confuse voters about their right just this week to rightwing operatives were indicted in Ohio for allegedly devising a robo call scheme. It's suppressing minority votes across five states placing thousands of false calls like this. But that you know. That if you vote by mail get personal information will be part of that public database that will be he's back police department to track down old warrant. Maybe at credit card companies to collect outstanding debt this CDC. Even pushing to eat breakfast from mailing ability to protect people from mandatory vaccine. A federal judge also called her actions electoral terror using telephones computers and modern technology. And ordered them to stop robo calls before Election Day the two men have pled not guilty to similar charges in Michigan. Disagree list of. Asian champion Iran or motor depression means been a steady art the American political guidance for generations. We use and electoral which are designed to give people a long way stating the closing up polling stations. Very long lines all of these things are designed to cheat are now down. This stopping cyber suppression program for the nonpartisan group common cause. Focuses on combating misinformation and disinformation flourishing online. Disinformation is inaccurate information that is produced by a bad actor to try and harm someone and then misinformation. Is trained of the same. In correct information. But presented accidentally usually there are without an attempt to cause harm to some of the common disinformation tactics that can be really damaging our wind and social media posts that tell people the wrong deed or. Time or ray that they can actually vote we've seen a disinformation. Targeted towards what's happening with the corona virus and direct and falsely claiming that because of social distancing. There's some changes that are happening in our system in terms of when and where to vote. As voters navigate an already confusing election season. Some states are using outreach efforts to help identify false information ahead of Election Day. And voter education groups are working to counter misinformation. Especially in minority communities on how Americans can vote. There's a lot of this information particularly as the intermediary you can not go into any social media and not see. False information. About gold by me on how it is personal favorite how are you surprised but we're trying to tell people is that none of that it based on facts. TDs and color and communities where there's a large immigrant population or English on isn't always the first language. Are frequently targeted by a voter suppression. Efforts offline and online. And it got goals on just a long history of racial. Voter suppression attempts in this country prevent. Communities of color from gaining the franchise gaining political power. The more we see online follows right in not seem pattern. And with the final election results potentially up in the air for days. Officials warn them this information threat doesn't stop on Election Day. I am concerned that in the weeks between Election Day and when under percent of ballots are counted. Does that space could be filled with disinformation and misinformation. Conspiracy theories lies things designed to undermine confidence in our election.

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