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"Deepfakes" are digitally altered images that make incidents appear real when they are not. Such altered files could have broad implications for politics. Marcus Marritt for NPR hide caption

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Foreign interference continues to threaten U.S. elections in many forms, including the active spreading of disinformation. Marcus Marritt for NPR hide caption

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Participants sign in at a Democratic Party caucus at Jackson Township Fire Station in Keokuk, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2016. The DNC has scrapped a virtual caucus plan for 2020. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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DNC Recommends Scrapping Plans For Virtual Iowa, Nevada Caucuses Over Security

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6. On Friday he announced a new election security czar for the agency. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A poll worker uses an electronic poll book to help voters check in at a polling center last November in Provo, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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Technology Has Made Voting Lines Move Faster But Also Made Elections Less Secure

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A Republican observer looks at a ballot during a hand recount last November in Broward County, Fla. Florida officials and lawmakers are still learning about cyberattacks there. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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'Possible' More Counties Than Now Known Were Hacked In 2016, Fla. Delegation Says

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Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., said he worries an opportune moment may pass following the release of the Mueller report without new action to secure U.S. elections. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Mueller Report Elicited A Lot Of Conversation — But Little Election Legislation

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Jared Kushner spoke about Russian election interference during the Time 100 Summit 2019 in New York City. Brian Ach/Getty Images for Time hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, although special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has uncovered numerous ties to the Russian government. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images hide caption

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In mentioning voting in her Democratic response to the State of the Union, Stacey Abrams (pictured on election night in 2018) voiced what was already becoming increasingly clear: Elections will be a key part of Democratic messaging in the coming years. John Amis/AP hide caption

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Ahead Of 2020 Election, Voting Rights Becomes A Key Issue For Democrats

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A 2-year-old waits between her father's legs as he and other voters cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Grady High School in Atlanta on Election Day. The state is one of a handful that still use voting machines that don't provide a paper record. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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Election officials across the country have worked hard to prioritize security ahead of November's midterms, but some strategies could have the unintended effect of sometimes making voting harder. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is launching the first statewide effort to combat election-related disinformation. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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California Launches New Effort To Fight Election Disinformation

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Voters cast their ballots in August among an array of electronic voting machines in a polling station at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin, Ohio. The machines were manufactured by Elections Systems and Software, the largest manufacturer of voting equipment in the country. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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A touchscreen voting machine in Sandy Springs, Ga., during the primary election in May 2018. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, about 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Fears about how Russian hackers affected the 2016 election seem to have led a number of Americans to expect a foreign country to affect vote tallies in the midterms. There's no evidence such an attack has ever occurred previously. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR/Marist Poll: 1 In 3 Americans Thinks A Foreign Country Will Change Midterm Votes

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"I think we all still have PTSD from 2016," says Raffi Krikorian, chief technology officer at the Democratic National Committee, referring to the massive hack of DNC emails at a pivotal moment in the presidential election. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A voter in Sandy Springs, Ga. on May 9, 2018. Georgia is one of 14 states that use electronic voting machines that don't produce a paper trail to verify results, which concerns many security experts. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Election Security Becomes A Political Issue In Georgia Governor's Race

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Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir demonstrates how to vote using an analog voting machine in the Travis County Courthouse in downtown Austin. Voting officials around the country are getting federal money to make their voting systems more secure. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT hide caption

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