Smartmatic Publishes Communications Handbook for Election Officials
Boca Raton, Florida – January 22, 2020 – Smartmatic today published “Communications in the Age of Fake News: A Crisis Handbook for Election Commissions,” a free publication to help elections officials counter false information and protect the integrity of the election process in their jurisdictions.
This easy-to-use guide provides practical tools and actionable guidance to help jurisdictions combat misinformation and disinformation circulating around their elections. It also provides step-by-step instructions for building a well-equipped crisis communications response team and action plan that will enable election officials to act quickly and effectively.
Studies have shown that quickly promoting accurate, truthful information is the best way to counter fake news. Having a strategic communications plan in place can also facilitate engagement and engender support from voters, candidates, the media and other stakeholders, who can play a key role in further minimizing the impact of falsehoods.
“The digital age with its unrestricted flow of information—good, bad and false—has put additional responsibilities on election officials beyond efficiently administering elections to managing the information flow about elections,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “They must also fight fake news and ensure that voters get truthful, verifiable information. We believe this tool can help them do just that.”
Election officials can download their copy of “Communications in the Age of Fake News: A Crisis Handbook for Election Commissions” online at https://electionfactcheck.news