Department of Homeland Security warns about voter disinformation from Russia

The Department of Homeland Security said that Russia is trying to “undermine public trust in the electoral process” by spreading disinformation about mail-in voting.
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Transcript for Department of Homeland Security warns about voter disinformation from Russia
And tonight, president trump is trying to explain after he suggested that voters in north Carolina vote by mail, then vote in person. That prompted North Carolina's board of elections to issue a reminder that voting twice is illegal and tonight, the new warning from the department of homeland security about Russia and the U.S. Election. Here's ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Tonight, in a new bulletin to law enforcement, the department of homeland security warns that Russia is trying to "Undermine public trust in the electoral process" by spreading disinformation that mail-in voting creates "Vast opportunities for voter fraud." The Russian propaganda mirrors what president trump has been saying. He even suggested that people try to vote twice -- by mail and in person. Send in your ballots, send them in strong, whether it's solicited or unsolicited. The absentees are fine. We have to work to get them, you know, mean something. You send them in, but you go to vote and if they haven't counted it, you can vote. So, that's the way I view it. Reporter: On CNN, the attorney general was asked to explain. If somebody mailed in a ballot and then actually showed up to vote in person, that would be illegal. I don't know what the law on the particular state says. You can't vote twice. Reporter: Today, in a series of tweets, the president tried to clarify. "Sign and mail in your ballot as early as possible. On election day or early voting. Go to your polling place to see whether or not your mail in vote has been tabulated. If it has not been counted, vote. Which is a citizens right to do." Twitter slapped a warning on those tweets, saying they violated rules on "Civil and election integrity." The head of the North Carolina board of elections urged people not to take the president's advice. She said people who vote by mail should not also come to the polls on election day, saying that would be unnecessary and, quote, would lead to longer lines and the possibility of spreading covid-19. She also, Tom, offered a reminder that it is a felony to vote twice in the same election. All right, Jon, thank you. Overseas now, to Beirut,

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