As U.S. election workers increasingly come under attack as a result of the “big lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 election a group of lawyers are stepping up to defend them. This article by Miles Parks is published by NPR. Here is an excerpt:
Voting officials nationwide are still grappling with a new reality after the 2020 election that includes death threats, conspiracy theories and legal penalties for making what were once regarded as minor mistakes, but on Wednesday, a bipartisan group of attorneys announced an organization aimed at helping them fight back.
The Election Official Legal Defense Network is the first organization of its kind aimed at providing pro-bono legal help and advice for election officials who up until a year ago did not really need it.
“It would be better if this wasn’t necessary,” said David Becker, a cofounder of the group and the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. “But given the conversations many of us have had with election officials around the country, it’s an unfortunate byproduct of the environment we now live in and the election denialism we’re now seeing.”
Read the full article here.