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Numerous federal and state laws and policies guard against voter intimidation, election worker intimidation, and disruption of the voting process.

As Election Day nears, many voters and election workers are increasingly concerned about threats of intimidation. Since 2020, there have been more threats, politicization, and violence around the election process. While these are not new concerns, the sources and the targets of these threats have shifted in 2022.

Thankfully, the many federal and state laws prohibiting intimidation are flexible enough to account for this, and officials are already working to ensure free and fair elections. Both federal and state law are clear: intimidating voters or election workers is illegal.

These resources provide a detailed overview of the federal and state laws that serve as guardrails against the intimidation of voters and election workers and the disruption of the voting process. We focus on 10 states where the risk of disruption is especially high based on the volume of false allegations and anti-voter activity over the past few years: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.