Americans have heard a lot about threats to the 2020 election. But one of the greatest threats may be a loss of faith in our electoral system itself.
The director of the F.B.I., Christopher Wray, told Congress in September that his greatest concern about the election was the erosion of voter confidence — and “a perception of futility” fueled in part by disinformation and cyberattacks. That’s because the overarching goal of our adversaries is not to elect any one candidate, but to cast doubt on the integrity of our institutions.
Americans must play a powerful role ensuring they don’t succeed. Be prepared for the days ahead with credible information, realistic expectations — and a lot of patience. Here are some ways to defend our democracy.