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Fight Election Misinformation with SQUINT


During the 2020-2021 electoral season, members of our league participated in the MITRE-SQUINT project to flag online mis- and disinformation.  A final report has been shared, and we can all delete the apps from our devices. 

In partnership with MITRE Corp. and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the League of Women Voters of Colorado participated in a critical new project called SQUINT to assist state and local elections officers with combating misinformation on social media.  Forty volunteers from our leagues in Colorado signed up to report misinformation or disinformation in social media. They installed SQUINT software on their computers and/ or phones that allow them to make screen shots of suspicious posts and report them to MITRE SQUINT. SQUINT analysts studied reports from across the nation and issued reports. We shared those reports with the Election Security team at the Secretary of State's Office.

What We've Done

SQUINT Reports and Bulletins



How it Works

1. SQUINTers download the SQUINT app on their mobile device or tablet. They receive an individual user number to ensure anonymity.

2. SQUINTers use the app to report election (not candidate) misinformation they see on social media by pressing an owl symbol on the app to capture and send a screen shot of the posting to MITRE.

3. MITRE verifies the screen shot and sends it to the appropriate election official who can then take action, such as notifying the social media displaying inaccurate posts and/or the public as needed. 

Still have questions? Review our informative slide deck (from LWV Fairfax VA)  and one-pager. You may also email; we're happy to help!



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