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Chad Wolf on Election Security, Other Homeland Priorities for 2020

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Chad Wolf
Chad Wolf

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), delivered his remarks to the Homeland Security Experts Group Friday about DHS’ 2020 priorities and election security is one of the priorities he discussed.

He mentioned the efforts of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under the leadership of Christopher Krebs, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, to ensure the security and resiliency of the country’s election systems, as well as DHS’ plans to prepare for the 2020 presidential elections.

“We’ll continue to educate targeted populations to make them less receptive to misinformation campaigns. We’ll also continue to work with partners to prepare and practice for potential disruptions,” he said.

Wolf said DHS is encouraging states to audit election results through paper. “In 2020, over 90% of votes will have a corresponding paper ballot. This is a significant achievement,” he added. Other issues Wolf discussed are the international threats posed by Iran, Russia and China, border security and counterterrorism.