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Clinton Watts: Russia Wants To “Target Voter Rolls” So “You Can Run An Influence Story That Says, 'There's Voter Fraud In The United States, That The Election's Rigged'”

From CSPAN’s coverage of the March 30 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns:

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SEN. ANGUS KING (I-ME): Do you believe that [the Russians] will try again to compromise state-level election voting machines, registration rolls?

CLINTON WATTS: They could.

KING: But they tried this time.

WATTS: I don't think it's about breaking into the election machines. The goal is to create the perception that the vote may not be authentic. And so that's why it's smart to target voter rolls because just the act of hitting a voter roll doesn't change the votes, but then you can run an influence story that says, “There's voter fraud in the United States, that the election's rigged, that the count wasn't accurate,” and you can gain traction with it. It's a pinprick perception that they're trying to create.


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