- This mid-term electionis being described
as one of the mostwatched and most important
in American history.
Although voters aren't going to choose an
American president, theTrump Administration
is going to be a crucial factor.
The majority on CapitolHill could certainly swing
with 33 US Senate seats
and all 435 House seats up for grabs.
Homeland Security andother intelligence agencies
have ongoing operations in all 50 states,
bracing for whatever foreignadversaries will bring.
- We have an informationsharing analysis center.
We have sensors networkintrusion sensors out,
such that about 90percent of people who vote
in this election will be voting in an area
that's covered by a sensor.
- [Erik] DHS Secretary,Kirstjen Nielsen says
teams are conductingvulnerable assessments
and scans of voting machines.
Nielsen adds more than athousand state and local
election jurisdictionsare working together
to share information faster.
It's important to note,however, that's a small number
given that there are some
10,000 local election jurisdictions.
- Some are hiring third parties,some are working with us.
There some states that areutilizing the National Guard.
There's a variety of waysin which you can bring your
capability and capacity up to speed.
Each state is doing is alittle bit differently.
- [Erik] On election day,DHS will set up a situational
awareness room, a virtualplace where election officials
throughout the country canshare information quickly.
Just weeks ago, Vice President, Mike Pence
sounded the alarm onChina getting involved
in election interference.
- To put it bluntly,President Trump's leadership
is working and China wants adifferent American president.
- [Erik] Cyber securityexperts say, while the Russians
have received theattention, the Chinese have
operated under the radar with a strategic
long-term plan to influencethe 2020 presidential election.
Another frightening fact, Washington based
legal watchdog groupJudicial Watch conducted
an election integrity study.
It found that the numberof adults registered
to vote is larger, 3.5 million larger,
than the number of adultsactually alive in America,
a staggering discrepancythat's an engraved
invitation to voter fraud.
- The people know there arenames there who have died
or moved away or otherwise ineligible,
they can potentially vote in their names.
And that's where you get the fraud.
- [Erik] Despite the disturbing facts,
intelligence officials say they are ready.
I think this is probably gonnabe the most secure election
in the modern era becauseof the amount of work
we've done with state andlocal election officials
who are by the Constitutionby law responsible
for administering federal elections.
- It's still possible wecould see an October surprise
that could change thecourse of an election.
Cyber security experts say in this era
they wouldn't be surprisedif hacked material
surfaces at the last minute.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.