‘Foreign Actors’ posing to sew discontent in Election, Pritzker warns

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ILLINOIS – Governor J.B. Pritzker warned Illinois residents Monday afternoon to be patient with Election results Tuesday, warning residents foreign operatives are working to influence elections over social media channels.

“For the next few days, it’s extremely important that you not get your Election news over Social Media.” Gov. Pritzker warned Monday afternoon. “We know that there are foreign actors, specifically Russia, Iran, and others, who intend to promote misinformation throughout Election Day, and in the days after. They would like nothing more than to promote conspiracy theories and sew discontent.”

The Governor recommended Monday residents head directly to their local election authorities’ website or other reliable news sources.

“Foreign actors posing as Americans are producing disinformation, such as fake videos, or fake official statements, hoping that you will repost it. So check before you repost anything. Or better yet, you may want to take the next few days off from social media, Facebook and Twitter will still be there in the morning.” Pritzker said, adding results might not be available immediately for some races. “It will possibly take until Wednesday or Thursday or even Friday to get results for some races in Illinois and in States across the country. Every vote must be counted, particularly on the national level.”

Polls open later this morning. To find your polling place, visit your local County Clerk’s website.

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