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Midterms Are Coming: How to Discern Information From Manipulation

Make your voice heard during the midterm elections, but beware of those who will try to manipulate your vote.

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Few rights are more important than the right to vote. But year after year, misinformation and disinformation have played a larger role in disrupting elections and causing confusion. As the 2022 midterm elections approach, voters need to be aware of the havoc that falsehoods, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories can wreak and their potential to derail our democratic processes.

In the links below, we explore what’s being done and what still needs to be addressed to ensure the integrity of our elections— and that voters are well-informed before they submit their ballots.

Election Workers Train for Battle Against Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation Before Midterms

Arit John
Los Angeles Times

NLP: “This article details the issue that more poll workers and poll challengers across the country are being worn down by falsehoods about how elections are run and a constant barrage of questions. Additionally, it outlines how worries are increasing that a growing number of conspiracy-minded people are operating in these positions—and the effect that could have on trust in U.S. elections.”

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Five Steps to Avoid Election Misinformation

News Literacy Project

NLP: “Voters can protect themselves and their vote by following these five steps: Checking your emotions; being careful about what you share; spotting misinformation patterns; being alert for cheapfake and deepfake videos; and being skeptical but not cynical. Read on to learn more about these methods to push back against misinformation during the election season.”

Experts: Social Platforms Are Unprepared for Election Misinformation

Tyler Adkisson

NLP: “Newsy reporter Tyler Adkisson looks into the difficulties social media companies have in stopping the spread of election denial disinformation and the challenges live video misinformation adds to enforcing community standards policies, particularly during the midterm elections when voting is much more decentralized.”

The Most Dominant Toxic Election Narratives Online

Cecilia Kang
The New York Times

NLP: “While voter fraud is rare, many voters continue to believe falsehoods about election fraud. Add in threats of violence toward election workers, citizen efforts to police the polls, and partisan social media posts about hot-button issues, and you have a smorgasbord of election misinformation that continues to mislead people.”

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Election 2022: Be Informed, Not Misled

News Literacy Project

NLP: “Misinformation surrounding our electoral processes has created an existential threat to our democracy. But news literacy plays a crucial role in preparing us to be well-informed voters by helping us develop the skills needed to recognize false information about elections, candidates, and issues. And it empowers us to find authoritative and trustworthy sources. Resources on this page include upcoming webinars, PSA videos, an infographic, and more links to trustworthy sources of information on this topic.”

News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals—and ultimately a stronger democracy. Learn more about its work at newslit.org.