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Testimony on Threats Against Election Officials Before the Committee on Homeland Security

Liz Howard, senior counsel, testified before the Committee on Homeland Security about threats against election officials.

Published: July 20, 2022

On July 20, 2022, Liz Howard, senior coun­sel at the Bren­nan Center for Justice, test­i­fied before the Commit­tee on Home­land Secur­ity about the danger that threats against elec­tion offi­cials pose to our demo­cracy.

Elec­tion offi­cials from across the coun­try continue to face death threats and harass­ment for simply doing their jobs. False inform­a­tion about our elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion is a signi­fic­ant contrib­utor to these threats that are lead­ing to numer­ous other concerns, such as the high numbers of elec­tion offi­cials leav­ing the profes­sion, which increase the fragil­ity of our demo­cracy. Congress has a crit­ical role to play in help­ing better protect our elec­tion offi­cials, includ­ing increas­ing aware­ness of these threats, provid­ing grant funds desig­nated for targeted assist­ance to our offi­cials, and spur­ring on govern­ment agen­cies, civil soci­ety, the private sector and other actors to work together to protect our demo­cracy.