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Russia is 'amplifying' claims of mail-in voter fraud, intel bulletin warns
Bulletin: Russian malign influence actors targeted absentee voting process.
By Josh Margolin and Lucien Bruggeman
September 3, 2020, 3:09 PM
Russia has sought to amplify concerns over the integrity of U.S. elections by promoting allegations that mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by ABC News, again echoing a frequent and unfounded complaint raised by President Donald Trump.
Analysts with the Department of Homeland Securitys intelligence branch issued the warning on Thursday to federal and state law enforcement partners after finding with high confidence that Russian malign influence actors have targeted the absentee voting process by spreading disinformation since at least March.
Russian state media and proxy websites in mid-August 2020 criticized the integrity of expanded and universal vote-by-mail, claiming ineligible voters could receive ballots due to out-of-date voter rolls, leaving a vast amount of ballots unaccounted for and vulnerable to tampering, the bulletin notes.