March 20, 2020

IntelBrief: Politics in the Time of Corona

Workers count ballots at the Broward County Supervisor Of Elections Office during the Florida Primary elections at the Broward County Supervisor Of Elections Office Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson).
  • The spread of the coronavirus will pose significant challenges to voting and elections in the United States in the lead up to November 2020.
  • A greater reliance on ‘e-voting’ will likely result in an increased risk of foreign interference, election manipulation, and cybercrime.
  • To distract the public and redirect Americans’ anger over his mishandling of the coronavirus response, President Trump has begun calling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus,’ taking a page from the populist playbook.
  • Viruses are undeterred by borders and, as demonstrated over the past several weeks, the international community is only as strong as its weakest link.