“The Toll Of Conspiracy Theories: A Voting Security Expert Lives In Hiding”


More than a month ago, Eric Coomer went into hiding.

The voting conspiracy theories that have led millions of Republicans to feel as though the election was stolen from them, which are still spreading, have also led to calls for Coomer’s head.

Coomer oversees product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, the Denver-based company that has suddenly found itself at the center of many of President Trump’s false claims about November’s election, spread by allies and pro-Trump media.

Some of Trump’s supporters have focused on Coomer as the supposed evil mastermind.

“I actually am in fear for my safety,” Coomer said recently, speaking by video call from an undisclosed location to Colorado Public Radio. “I’m in fear for my family’s safety. These are real, tangible things coming out of these baseless accusations.”

On Tuesday, Coomer sued the Trump campaign and a number of allies, alleging defamation.

It’s just the latest example of how people’s lives are being upended and potentially ruined by the unprecedented flurry of disinformation this year.

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