How safe are Iowa’s elections?


DES MOINES – Did Russians have any effect on Iowa elections? Local 5 wanted to find out the answer from the Iowa Secretary of State.

Despite recent indictments from the U.S. Special Counsel’s office, Iowa’s chief elections officer is confident no ballots in Iowa were tampered with. Secretary Pate said the Russians played a part in spreading misinformation and trying to deceive voters through the use of social media.

“It’s propaganda and that’s not new,” said Pate. “The Russians and other bad actors have used propaganda for some time to try and make us lose confidence in our voting systems. I think Iowans are smarter than that.”

Secretary Pate said that it’s important to do your own research to verify if what you read on the Internet is true or not.

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