FBI Assures Election Is Secure After Officials Unveil Attempted International Interference

Wednesday, October 21st 2020, 9:23 pm
By: News On 6, CBS News

United States intelligence officials announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia have obtained U.S. voter registration information.

Officials said they are attempting to interfere in November’s presidential election. The FBI said that citizens should remain assured that the election is secure and that your vote is protected.

Top intelligence officials announced Wednesday evening that Iran and Russia have taken actions to try to compromise the U.S. election and have obtained some voter registration data. 

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told reporters at a last-minute announcement that Iran had sent spoof emails "designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump." He suggested that there had been reporting on these emails "within the last 24 hours."

On Tuesday, CBS News reported that dozens of voters in a heavily Democratic county in Florida and across several states reported receiving emails that purportedly came from a right-wing group that threatened to "come after" them unless they voted for President Trump. 

Ratcliffe said Iran had also distributed other video content implying people could cast fraudulent ballots, "even from overseas." The information in the video is not true, Ratcliffe emphasized, adding that Americans can be assured the election is secure.

"These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries," he said.