FBI to announce ‘major election security’ issue

FBI on watch for ballot fraud and other election-related crimes

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a news conference on Wednesday evening to discuss a “major election security” issue.

Officials announced Wednesday that the FBI has identified that Iran and Russia have taken actions to disrupt the election process as voting is already underway across the U.S. for the presidential election.

UPDATE: FBI: Iran, Russia attempt to interfere in U.S. presidential election

Ahead of the news conference Wednesday night, senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner -- members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence -- issued a statement regarding election security:

“Our adversaries abroad seek to sow chaos and undermine voters' belief in our democratic institutions, including the election systems and infrastructure that we rely on to record and properly report expressions of the voters' will,” the statement reads. "They may seek to target those systems, or simply leave the impression that they have altered or manipulated those systems, in order to undermine their credibility and our confidence in them.

“As we enter the last weeks before the election, we urge every American -- including members of the media -- to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified, sensational claims related to votes and voting,” the statement continues. “State and local election officials are in regular contact with federal law enforcement and cyber security professionals, and they are all working around the clock to ensure that Election 2020 is safe, secure, and free from outside interference.”

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