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False claims of fraud are driving attempts to interfere with the independent, nonpartisan counting of votes and certification of election results.

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Why It Matters

2020 provided Amer­ic­ans with an extraordin­ary lesson on the import­ance of elec­tion offi­cials to our demo­cracy. Amid a pandemic and a flood of disin­form­a­tion about the elec­tion process, these state and local offi­cials managed to run “the most secure elec­tion in Amer­ican history.” It is no acci­dent that now — in the face of the Big Lie that Donald Trump actu­ally won — these offi­cials are a prime target in the attempt to inter­fere with our elec­tions.

Elec­tion offi­cials are facing personal threats and harass­ment, and state legis­latures are creat­ing crim­inal penal­ties for normal activ­it­ies like proact­ively send­ing out mail ballot applic­a­tions. Further, campaigns for elec­tion offi­cial posi­tions are making this “elec­tion denial” a cent­ral issue, whether by embra­cing or attack­ing it, and many of these normally low-profile races are seeing unpre­ced­en­ted levels of fundrais­ing.

Most troub­ling, state legis­latures have taken steps to strip elec­tion offi­cials of the power to run and certify elec­tions, consol­id­at­ing power in their own hands over processes inten­ded to be free of partisan or polit­ical inter­fer­ence. Every­one who believes in demo­cracy must push back against these attempts to subvert fair elec­tions

Solutions

Protect Elec­tion Offi­cials

The federal govern­ment, state lawmakers, elec­tion admin­is­trat­ors, and inter­net compan­ies must act to protect the stew­ards of Amer­ican demo­cracy.

Read more in our Elec­tion Offi­cials Under Attack report and recom­mend­a­tions.

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Election Officials Are Under Attack

Despite running a safe, secure, and successful election during a pandemic, election officials face abuse — even death threats — from those who believe the Big Lie

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