The Committee for Safe and Secure Elections features cross-partisan experts in election administration and law enforcement who aim to support policies and practices that protect election workers and voters from violence, threats, and intimidation. The Committee also works to build relationships and trust between election officials and law enforcement to better equip both to prevent and respond to threats and violence against voters and election workers.
CSSE believes that democracy – and the people who administer democracy – need support and protection from intimidation and violence. We believe that law enforcement has the capacity and willingness to protect election workers and voters, a capacity that can be strengthened through training on unique aspects of the election environment. While law enforcement and election administrators have distinct roles to play in defending elections, we believe that close coordination will be mutually beneficial to further strengthen our democratic institutions.
CSSE works to strengthen relationships between election officials and law enforcement by creating collaborative opportunities for mutual engagement, developing resources, highlighting best practices and policies, identifying intervention gaps and supporting other partnership-building activities.
Our committee members have been providers and recipients of law enforcement support necessitated by threats and threatening conduct. Each member understands the debilitating personal and institutional effects when intimidation, or even violence, is directed at election administrators and voters.