Election Cybersecurity


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – So far, 2020 has been a historical year in many ways.

It’s also the year for a presidential election come November. 

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Cybersecurity becomes even more critical in this year’s November election not only because of possible threats of foreign influences but also because many election officials and their staff are now working from home and over the computer. 

Before you cast a ballot either in person or by mail officials say it’s important to make sure you have received all your candidate and voting information from a trustworthy official.

 Officials say social media is the easiest way to receive false information about your voting location and its requirements. 

“Voters need to get their information from a reliable and trusted source. Not someone who has 79 followers and a kitten for a profile picture. Sharing the correct information about election sites has never been so important. Make sure when you put something out on social media, you have checked with your county election commission or the chief election officer of your state,” says Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State.

Officials say it’s also important to choose a strong unique password for every application you use, especially for your voter registration. 

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at jpoole@wdef.com.