Election officials so essential to the functioning of American democracy have increasingly come under attack since the end of 2020 and the situation is taking a great toll. At the base of this problem is the “big lie”. This article by Michael Waldman is published by Brennan Center for Justice. Here is an excerpt:
The public servants who run our elections are alarmed.
Between January 31 and February 14, we had the Benenson Strategy Group poll nearly 600 local election officials about their jobs. Their responses should set off warning bells across all levels of government and provoke action from Congress.
More than half of the respondents said they’re concerned about the safety of their colleagues. Nearly one in three know at least one colleague who quit their job in part or entirely because of safety concerns, increased threats, or intimidation. And of those who have been threatened, more than half have experienced it up close and personal.
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