The Department of Homeland Security is “more prepared than we’ve ever been” to ensure the security of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Sunday. “The goal here … is absolutely to assure Americans that their votes will count and their votes will be counted correctly,” Nielsen told “Fox News Sunday.” “We are constantly monitoring, constantly working with them, sharing information.” Among other measures , Nielsen said, her department will be establishing a “virtual situation room.” “We will be setting up a virtual situation rom on Election Day so we can very quickly support any incident response that’s needed and so we can share any information,” Nielsen said.
“We are more prepared than we’ve ever been,” she added, “and we will continue to prepare, not just for this election, but for every election to come in the future.”
Earlier this month, top U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials warned of ongoing efforts by Russia, China and Iran to influence upcoming votes.
The countries’ “ongoing campaigns” attempt to “undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the heads of the Justice Department, the FBI and DHS said in a joint statement.