Last month, seven leading artificial intelligence companies agreed to voluntary commitments with the White House on AI safety, security and trust. But there’s one glaring and urgent omission: a deadline. No timeline or details regarding implementation has been spelled out, but there’s one that we know we need to plan for: November 5, 2024.

Two transformative events in American democracy are headed for a near-on collision: the explosion of generative AI and the upcoming presidential election. Yet the United States is in a Wild West era when it comes to AI-generated content and the use of AI-enabled tools to reach voters and inform campaigns. AI companies, election officials, media organizations, civil society, political campaigns and members of Congress need to come together to secure the 2024 election against AI-enabled manipulation.