Center for Political Awareness

Poll Finds Election Officials Fear for Their Safety, Political Interference

Survey of local election officials reveals that the vast majority have taken steps since 2020 to protect voters, election workers, and election infrastructure from threats and violence in 2024.

Photo: A New York City poll worker examines blank ballots on April 1, 2024 .BARRY WILLIAMS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE VIA GETTY IMAGES

 

A new Brennan Center survey of local election officials reveals that the vast majority have taken steps since 2020 to protect voters, election workers, and election infrastructure from threats and violence in 2024. The enhanced security measures come as large numbers of election officials report having experienced threats, abuse, or harassment for doing their jobs. They also shared ongoing concerns about both the safety of their staff and colleagues, as well as the possibility of political interference in the upcoming election.

The often complex, technical work of administering elections used to occur largely behind the scenes. However, since 2020, election officials have been thrust into the spotlight amid a campaign to undermine faith in American democracy, scapegoated for election outcomes that some politicians and voters do not like. As they perform crucial work under these challenging conditions, election officials report that they need more resources to keep up with administrative and security needs.

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