Livestream: Vetting election information

Vetting election information: How service members, veterans and military families can get credible voting information

About the webinar

As the 2024 election season is underway, falsehoods about voting and ballot issues already are circulating widely. Bad actors exploit a charged political atmosphere by spreading false claims about candidates, disinformation about how to vote and baseless rumors that undermine trust in election systems and infrastructure.

Military service members, veterans and their families in particular encounter conspiracy theories and other types of mis-and disinformation frequently. In a recent poll of Military Times readers, 57% said they personally have been targeted.

To break through this confusing and often misleading information landscape, the News Literacy Project is hosting a panel of experts who work with the military community for a virtual discussion about common types of election-related misinformation and practical tips and tools for finding reliable news sources before voting.

Panelists include: Richard Brookshire, CEO and co-founder of the Black Veterans Project and Army veteran; Joe Plenzler, communications advisor for We the Veterans and Military Families, volunteer poll worker for Vet the Vote and Marine Corps veteran; Nikki Wentling, Military Times reporter and Military Veterans in Journalism fellow; and Scott Wiedmann, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Zack Baddorf, co-founder of Military Veterans in Journalism and Navy veteran, moderates.