States Use ‘Cyber Navigators’ for Foreign Election Threats. Local election officials are on the front lines of election defense, but they often are underfunded or lack the technical know-how to protect systems from cyber threats. Seeing this vulnerability, at least seven states — Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio — in recent years have launched cyber navigator programs that offer local election officials state-backed contacts to meet the challenge. Several other states are considering following suit.