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Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser of Homeland Security for the International Security Program at CSIS, discusses how government agencies are working to ensure election security

In a recently released video, directors of the FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and National Counterintelligence and Security Center reaffirmed their confidence in the security of next month’s election. These four agencies play a major role, in collaboration, to protect the country’s voting infrastructure.

“I thought the video was an impressive joint effort of these four key agencies coming together to present a unified message to the American public,” Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security in the International Security Program at CSIS, said. “It’s an indication that [these agencies] are working together behind the scenes… to ensure the integrity of the election.”

Reports from CISA earlier this week claim there are “no sustained threats” to election security, despite potential adversaries like Russia and China looming. The intelligence community is also taking efforts to remind the American public that, due to the large increase in mail-in voting, they may not know who won the presidency on Election Day, and that does not mean the system has been compromised.

“Unlike 2016, everybody has been aware of the risks to elections for at least four years now,” Spaulding said. “A ton of work has been done… and it is important to let any bad actors, domestic or foreign, know that systems are in place to detect that activity and take action.”

According to the U.S. Elections Project, almost 18 million Americans have voted early for the upcoming election, with less than three weeks until Election Day.

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