This week national lawmakers are renewing the warning that Russia and other countries are trying to interfere with our elections.
Justin Lee is the State Director of Elections. He joined us in studio to talk about what the state is doing to preserve the integrity of the election and how to tell if information found online or on social media is legitimate or not.
“There’s not any allegation or proof that the Russians or anybody else actually tried to hack into voting machines, ya know, to flip votes or anything. Where the worry was, is ‘what were they trying to do online and getting into voter registration systems primarily,” Lee said.
Lee said the State has been working with Homeland Security to make sure online voter records are secure.
He said the biggest influence Russia had in the last election was propaganda and spreading false information.
“Do your homework…if you see something and it looks a little bit weird, it raises your eyebrow, do a little bit of homework,” Lee said. “Go straight to the source. You can look at what legislators are saying who passed the bills, you can look at the arguments for or against for the sponsors,” he said.
Vote.Utah.Gov is a great resource for your own research.
“Sometimes you’ll really quickly realize that some of the things that are shared out there, they’re not real…do your homework, don’t just take everything at face value,” he added.
The general election is Nov. 6th.
You can register to vote at the polls on Election Day, but if you register beforehand Oct. is the last day to register to vote by mailing in a registration form. Oct. 30 is the last day to register to vote online or at your county clerk’s office.
Start checking your mailbox around Oct. 16th for mail ballots.
In-person early voting starts Oct. 23 through Nov.2. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before November 5, 2018 (the day before the election).