“They’re definitely overwhelmed,” said Isabella Garcia-Camargo, an organizer of the Election Integrity Partnership, a new coalition of misinformation researchers.
Last week, the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an information-sharing partnership, warned election officials about a spate of suspicious emails that impersonated state officials or included links to websites that asked them to verify their password information.
But it was a sign that local officials should “remain vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious activity to protect the vote,” he said.
Top state officials who oversee elections said they were also constantly communicating with local authorities about the surge of falsehoods.
The experience of Deva Marie Proto, the registrar of voters in Sonoma County, Calif., has been typical of local election officials.
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