FBI focused on misinformation for 2020 election

Posted at 12:36 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 12:36:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations is working to make sure Indiana’s elections are secure when you cast your ballot this year.

Special Agent Ben Labuz said one of the biggest concerns he has is making sure people know where and when to vote.

Labuz is the election crimes coordinator for FBI Indianapolis.

“States have the primary responsibility of ensuring ballots are tabulated,” Labuz said. “That’s not the FBI – the federal government’s role. What I worry about is misinformation going to voters to prevent them from going to vote – could be the wrong day, the wrong time, the wrong place.”

He said that misinformation could be something people see on social media, or in mailers. He said the messages could send people to voting locations that don’t even exist.

The FBI recommends people doublecheck any suspicious information with multiple sources or media outlets. They also want people to report election crimes to the FBI.