By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:22 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 22:22 BST, 3 September 2020
The Homeland Security Department has warned in a new memo Thursday that Russia is seeking to 'amplify' attacks on the nation's mail-in voting system as part of its influence campaign.
News of the memo broke Thursday, a day when President Donald Trump once again attacked mail-in voting, as he has been doing for months. The president urged followers to vote by mail and then go to their polling place on election day and vote if their prior vote was not yet tabulated due to the 'massive number' of unsolicited and solicited ballots.
The bulletin was titled: ''Russia Likely to Continue Seeking to Undermine Faith in U.S. Electoral Process.'
A new Homeland Security bulletin warns that 'Russia Likely to Continue Seeking to Undermine Faith in U.S. Electoral Process' through attacks on mail-in voting
'We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting process amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process,' the agency writes.
It warned that 'Russian state media and proxy websites in mid-August 2020 criticized the integrity of expanded and universal vote-by-mail, claiming ineligible voters could receive ballots due to out-of-date voter rolls, leaving a vast amount of ballots unaccounted for and vulnerable to tampering.'
'These websites also alleged that vote-by-mail processes would overburden the U.S. Postal Service and local boards of election,' the bulletin warns, 'delaying vote tabulation and creating more opportunities for fraud and error.'
The very topic represents a 'target for foreign malign influence operations' according to the DHS