Disinformation Against Voting Systems

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Recorded Future, Inc. has released a new report, Hoax in the Machine: Disinformation Against Voting Systems Manufacturers and Technologies in the 2022 US Midterm Elections.  The report highlights current and potential false claims that could be spread about voting machines and other technologies, seeding doubt in the accuracy of election results.  From the Key Judgements

      • The VSMs [voting system manufacturers] most likely to be targeted by misinformation and disinformation following the 2022 midterms are Dominion Voting Systems, Smartmatic, and Election Systems & Software.
      • Recorded Future has already identified claims across numerous facets of the mainstream and alternative social media landscape suggesting that technologies deployed by the aforementioned companies will be used to falsify the results of the midterms.
      • Prominent political figures will almost certainly give voice to false information related to voting technologies in use for the 2022 midterms in counties in which their preferred candidate(s) lose the popular vote. […]
      • The vast majority of false information targeting VSMs is likely to originate from domestic sources in the US rather than from foreign influence. However, it is likely that foreign state-owned media organizations will amplify false claims to increase domestic distrust in US elections.

The report delves into specific concerns with different VSMs and what disinformation is expected to be relayed before the 2022 midterm elections. It encourages VSMs to be publicly forthright about legitimate errors in order to earn the public’s trust.

For related information, please visit the HSDL In-Focus topics: Disinformation, Election Security, or Threats to Election Workers.

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