Election 2022: Be informed, not misled

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Spot a fake

As the election approaches, we need to be on the lookout for fraudulent content masquerading as the real deal.

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Con las elecciones del 8 de noviembre en el horizonte, todos debemos examinar críticamente la información que leemos y compartimos.

Don't be fooled

There are people, organizations and governments trying to trip us up, manipulate our vote or keep us from voting altogether.

Misinformation surrounding our electoral processes has created an existential threat to our democracy. For any number of reasons — be it evidence-free allegations of voter fraud and confusion about mail-in ballots, or election meddling by foreign actors and misleading advertisements — too many of us have doubts about the outcome of legitimate elections. That’s why we created this page.

News literacy plays a crucial role in preparing us to be well-informed voters. Becoming news-literate helps us develop the skills needed to recognize false information about elections, candidates and issues. And it empowers us to find authoritative and trustworthy sources so we all can become equal and engaged participants in our most vital and basic democratic process. News literacy is nonpartisan and never tells you who or what to vote for. It simply prepares you to make your own well-informed decisions about the day’s issues — and during election season, before you mark your ballot.

We’re proud to offer these resources that will help all registered voters protect their right to make their voices count!

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How and where to vote:

Avoiding election misinformation:

For educators:

  • Join us at an EdWeb Webinar on Thursday, October 20 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT: Informed or influenced? Media and news literacy skills for election season and beyond. NLP experts and news literacy educators will discuss how you can strengthen your students’ media and news literacy skills and equip them for active, responsible civic life. Speakers include NLP’s Alexa Volland and Shaelynn Farnsworth, as well as news literacy ambassadors and educators Jill Hofmockel and Molly June Roquet. Register here.
  • Check out NLP’s collection of nine Flip Topics on voting and elections for you and your students. Students consider and respond to prompts about how election misinformation is covered in the news, the experience of breaking out of their political “bubble,” how to spot imposter accounts and fake posts, and more.
  • Here’s a guide for educators instructing high school students: NLP Voting and Elections.

Making sense of election data

Data, in the form of statistics, graphics, numerical comparisons and more, can help us better assess and understand the world around us. Data is often the foundation for research studies, news articles, social media posts and the stories people write and tell to make an argument or prove a point. It’s essential that we are able to accurately judge the data we encounter, especially before heading to the polls. We addressed these questions and more in our 2020 election series “Making sense of data,” presented by our partner SAS, a pioneer in the data management and analytics field.

Where to find reliable election information

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, tells us where to find reliable information about the election.

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Please download one or all of our three encoded PSAs in English or Spanish and broadcast them on your TV stations between now and election day on Nov. 8.

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Democracy in peril

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