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US government: Russia, Iran obtain some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in election

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 7:09 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The US government warns that Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

U.S. officials say Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, and Tehran and Moscow have also obtained voter registration with the goal of interfering in the election. John Ratcliffe, the intelligence director, and FBI Director Chris Wray say the U.S. will impose costs on any foreign countries interfering in the 2020 U.S. election.

Democratic voters in at least four battleground states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, have received threatening emails, falsely purporting to be from the far-right group Proud Boys, that warned “we will come after you” if the recipients didn’t vote for President Donald Trump.

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