Federal officials working with states to protect elections

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials are working to bolster defenses on the state and even county levels against interference in the 2020 elections, running scenarios where things go awry in the run-up to the vote.

In Oregon, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency carried out a tabletop exercise with county and state elections officials last week, running scenarios where things go wrong.

Oregon Elections Director Stephen Trout said his biggest fear is disinformation being fed to voters.

Matt Masterson, senior cybersecurity adviser for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the exercises play a critical role in election security by bringing everyone together to improve incident response plans.