A. Neutral Brennan Center for Justice Survey One in six local election workers received threats of violence against them and their families, and about one in three said they felt insecure because of their job. These threats are real for both officials and workers. Republican Georgia Secretary of State’s wife Tracia Raffinsperger, who refused to “find” 11,780 votes to win Trump, is dealing with calls and text messages promising her family.Will be killed very slowly.The Michigan Secretary of State had his home. Surrounded by an armed militia..
David Baker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, said it would lead to a mass exodus of “absolutely” professional election organizers. It has already happened, Especially in swing states: One-third of Pennsylvania’s county-level election officials resigned last year, along with 24 county and municipal clerks in Wisconsin. He has already been paid a disappointing salary and is expected to specialize in logistics, cybersecurity, communications, customer service and voting law. Now, in addition to facing severe criminal penalties for performing their duties, they and their families have to live in fear. And that’s not the worst thing about it. Is it any wonder they are leaving?
This problem is worst for volunteers who work long hours with little or no money – up to 14 hours on election day. Not only are they in grave danger, but they are also the ones we can lose the most. Our free and fair elections, our democracy, depend on the participation of these dedicated, trained workers. Bringing people in voluntarily is already there. Great challenge Long before last year, but in 2020, the problems really got out of hand.
First of all, election workers are older. Mostly over 60. As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, many of these pool workers are no longer volunteering because they are. Fear of getting sick. For now, potential volunteers will have to decide whether their civic duty is worthy of beatings, harassment and threats of violence by some of their fellow Americans who cannot accept the election results.
A longtime campaigner and his daughter remain in hiding after malicious alliances with Donald Trump and his right-wing allies Selectively edited and misleading clips of surveillance video. Showing a belt suitcase, filled with simple views of the press and monitors, because he thought he had a day job and could get out. Second man It had to move and change its shape. Because a monitoring video showed him trampling on instructions, which Trump supporters falsely claimed was a ballot. A black soldier. After delivering the ballot, he almost ran off the road in an SUV.. She had to be taken with the police and told that she was not going back voluntarily.
The Fulton County Election Director was Richard Barron. Hundreds of threatening messages were sent to him and his staff.. Most of the threats were full of racial slurs because their staff is mostly African American. Sadly, with few exceptions, Republican officials and politicians have refused to condemn the threats. In fact, Trump and his political allies. Really sought after or encouraged. Violent Behavior (Violence seems like a new norm for the GOP) Just ask the Capitol Police officers. January 6.)
Sadly, but not surprisingly, there has been an inadequate response from law enforcement agencies where violent threats are most prevalent. In Georgia, where paramilitary activities by militant far-right groups have been tracked more than twice the nationwide rate, Almost no arrests have been made For harassing and threatening to kill election workers
In blue states like Virginia and New York, threats, allegations and arrests against election workers are the result. However, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Solicitor General Brian Whiteside said he feared his people would be harmed. [police] They are not making adequate precautionary arrests when these incidents occur.
Democrats are here. By no means do we want to convey that we recommend for the Republican legislature and governor to be held accountable. In fact, many people are promoting rhetoric, Excuse for violence, Removing Democratic election officials., And giving rise to fake provocations. Fraudulent “audits” that follow bamboo fibers. All their tactics, based on the ideas of blasphemous conspiracies, are designed to increase violence, not to stop it. The fact that so many election officials, with so many workers, are leaving, is not really a problem for the GOP – that’s the goal.
Fewer workers means fewer polling stations, or at least longer lines. Long lines are almost exc, especially in densely populated areas, which is the point. Electoral infrastructure in Republican-controlled swing states has already faced unprecedented challenges due to epidemics, and most offices are severely underfunded. One of the few reasons to be able to work alongside the 2020 election was an external grant from a non-profit organization that slowed down.
G.O.P. Put kibbutz on it.Protect ongoing grants by preventing county governments from working with the private sector. This means that in the future there will be less funding for polling stations, election workers and election security measures in the red states. But that’s the whole point.
Unless Washington acts, by 2022 there will probably be the longest lines, the least security, the most voter intimidation, the least amount of worker training, and the least electoral workers in decades. Will Not to mention the significant voter registration and outreach that counties can do with this private grant funding. Unfortunately, conspiracy theorists, who have plenty of time on their hands and are fully dedicated to sabotaging our democracy, have only grown in number and will take effect in the next election.
Even worse, the Trump Republicans who tried to overthrow the last election. Fighting to become the next official.. These include Judy House of Georgia, Mark Fanchem of Arizona, and Christina Crammo of Michigan, to name a few. None of them have a sign of integrity or freedom. Don’t trust any of them to stand in Trump’s way threatening violence against election workers. The goal is to end any election. In which they do not like the results.
Democrats are not helpless. The Department of Democratic Friendly Justice has launched a task force to address the threats to polling workers. Republican-led states have the potential to prosecute violators if they choose to do so. The DOJ needs to use this power to thwart the intent of the criminals to sabotage our elections.
In addition, a group of democratic lawmakers recently unveiled two key pieces of legislation. First, Senator Amy Klubucher is entitled. Protecting the election administration from interference.. The law will increase the prohibition against threats against election officials so that they can involve those involved in ballot counting, canvassing and verification of election results. It also reinforces electoral records and electoral system safeguards to “prevent election officials or others from endangering the safety and security of the cast ballot.”
Another bill, called the Bill, by Georgia Senators Raphael Warnock and John Osov. Electoral sabotage act, Which prevents local election officials from being removed without cause while protecting the safety and security of election workers and volunteers. It will also establish a minimum buffer zone to keep polar observers as close to the electorate as possible, and make harassment or intimidation of election workers a federal crime.
We’ve heard a lot about it. Act for the people., Which addresses voter access and prevents racist voter pressure from the GOP, yet these other two pieces of legislation are just as important – if not more so. Joe Biden put the full weight of the presidency into passing the infrastructure, but these bills are far more important. We are literally in danger of losing the foundation of our entire republic, especially since the GOP has now given up any pretense that they want to keep it safe.
We need to keep these efforts at the forefront and the center when the Senate returns this month. If Republican politicians want to stop them, let them. I would love to hear from them as they explain why they oppose protection against violence against election workers. Bring it to the fore in every political show. Vote on it. We really have nothing to lose but our democracy.
In the meantime: