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'Exhausting and Dangerous': The Dire Problem of Election Misinformation and Disinformation   [open pdf - 556KB]

From the Executive Summary: "The threat posed to American democracy by election misinformation has changed and increased dramatically in the past two years. Prior to the 2020 election, many election officials and experts were concerned about the danger of foreign actors using false information to influence voters' actions--including lies about candidates and about when and how to vote. The Committee's investigations make clear that the greatest current threat to democratic legitimacy now comes from lies by domestic actors who seek to convince Americans that their election systems are fraudulent, corrupt, or insecure. As the President of the Election Officials of Arizona explained to the Committee: 'Election Officials started battling this problem in 2019, nearly a year before the 2020 Election. … [W]e're still battling it to counter the harm done to election integrity. Frankly, it's exhausting and dangerous.'"

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2022-08-11
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House Committee on Oversight and Reform: https://oversight.house.gov/
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