Written by Tim Starks
Nov 2, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP
Voting in more than 30 states on Tuesday is poised to serve as the initial test run for election security officials in the Biden administration, and for administrators nationwide contending with post-2020 election laws.
A close gubernatorial race in Virginia and another gubernatorial race in New Jersey headline the state slate, while New York and Atlanta are on the verge of selecting new mayors. Mixed in are dozens of ballot initiatives dealing with subjects like police reform and the ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is hosting an election “situational awareness” room that brings together state and local officials, political organizations and the private sector. While there is no “specific, credible threat to election infrastructure” as of Monday, the agency said, officials are urging Americans to trust state and local election officials for the latest information, and pointing to CISA’s rumor control website to refute any fabricated narratives in near-real time.
“CISA has supported state and local election officials to help secure their systems and push back against malicious actors seeking to disrupt our democratic process and interfere in our