Russians are trying to disrupt the election by going after the most vulnerable component: Voters
Elections are the most fragile component of our democracy and the most vulnerable to influence. Although much has been written about election security and hacking voting machines, I worry that the most vulnerable facet of our election is the electorate itself.
As we rapidly approach the November presidential election, we should prepare ourselves for what many anticipate will be the most contested in our lifetimes. The voting process, always an imperfect function, will likely undergo scrutiny like none previously seen in our country. Not since the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential contest and its hanging chad in Florida will there be more at stake.
However, unlike in 2000, this year we know there are external actors who will use these conflicts to try to kill a crucial component of our democracy: faith in the legitimacy of elections and their outcomes.
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