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Testimony on HB22–1273 before Colorado General Assembly

Derek Tisler, counsel, testified before the Colorado General Assembly’s Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veteran Affairs about threats against election workers and HB22–1273.

Published: April 7, 2022

On April 7, Derek Tisler, coun­sel, test­i­fied before the Color­ado General Assembly’s Commit­tee on State, Civic, Milit­ary, & Veteran Affairs about threats against elec­tion work­ers and the import­ance of HB22–1273.

After the 2020 elec­tion, the Bren­nan Center for Justice held inter­views and hosted conver­sa­tions with nearly three dozen elec­tion offi­cials and over thirty experts about the rise in harass­ment and threats direc­ted toward local elec­tion offi­cials across the coun­try follow­ing the 2020 elec­tion. 

Elec­tion offi­cials stressed the import­ance of proact­ive meas­ures that can help elec­tion work­ers feel safe and secure now, as they prepare to admin­is­ter primary and general elec­tions in 2022. HB22–1273 does just that, by allow­ing elec­tion work­ers at the state, county, and local levels to file a request with a govern­ment entity to remove personal inform­a­tion from online records before that inform­a­tion can be used by bad actors to engage in or facil­it­ate threats, harass­ment, and other disturb­ing beha­vior.

Threats against elec­tion work­ers who are doing their jobs are threats against demo­cracy itself, and HB22–1273 is a help­ful step forward in promot­ing a safe and secure demo­cracy.