Chair Kelley and the Committee: Statement on Political Violence, Threats, and Intimidation

November 8, 2022

Chairperson Neal Kelley and the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections issues the following statement: All Americans have the right to vote without disruption, just as all election workers have […]

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Chair Kelley and the Committee: Statement on Election Mis/Disinformation

November 7, 2022

Chairperson Neal Kelley and the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections issues the following statement: The Committee for Safe and Secure Elections (CSSE) believes that confidence in our elections is […]

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Chair Kelley and Sheriff Smith: Statement on Voter Intimidation Efforts

October 28, 2022

Chairperson Neal Kelley and Sheriff Justin Smith issue the following statement: Robust and bipartisan observation is vital for building trust and ensuring the integrity of our elections, but intentionally menacing […]

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Five Steps to Safer Elections

August 8, 2022

CSSE’s Five Steps to Safer Elections provide information on how election administrators and law enforcement can work together to strengthen our elections. Further information about each individual step can be […]

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NBC Think: We’re sheriffs. Here’s our plan for keeping everyone safe on Election Day.

October 30, 2022

This op-ed by CSSE Members Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Sheriff Justin Smith originally appeared on NBC Think. Senior FBI officials recently warned of “unusual levels of threats” against election workers in seven […]

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C-SPAN: Al Schmidt on Protecting Election Workers and Voters on Election Day

October 14, 2022

CSSE Member Al Schmidt appeared on C-SPAN and discussed efforts to protect election workers and voters from violence, threats, and intimidation. Watch the full segment here.

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CNN: We received death threats for just trying to run a fair election

October 13, 2022

CSSE Member Tina Barton wrote for CNN about her position as city clerk of Rochester Hills, Michigan, how public perception shifted since 2019 and the work the Committee for Safe […]

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County News: Changing times lead to challenging days for election workers

October 13, 2022

CSSE Member Chris Harvey, former elections director for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, spoke with County News (of the National Association of Counties) about challenges facing election workers and […]

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Opinion: Barton, Love: Election officials deserve safety

October 12, 2022

CSSE Members Tina Barton and Harold Love penned an op-ed in the Detroit News examining the challenges election officials face and promoting the solutions crafted by the Committee for Safe […]

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Podcast: Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Election Safeguards—Stopping the Starting of Steals

October 11, 2022

What to do about the public’s eroding faith in elections and a lack of confidence in ballot tallies? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, […]

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CNN: Locks, laws and bullet-resistant shields: Election officials boost security as midterms draw closer

October 10, 2022

CSSE Member Tina Barton explained the current state of election threats and harassment to CNN and how officials are deploying tactics to make elections more secure. Read the story here.

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    “Election officials are the heroes of our democracy, working harder than almost anyone I know to ensure that every one of us can exercise our fundamental right to vote. The intimidation and threats against these dedicated officials and their families must stop."

    Kathy Boockvar
    Vice President of Election Operations and Support, Center for Internet Security
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    “Democracy can only survive and thrive if we respect and protect its values and principles. Elected officials must respect those they serve, freely act within their elected authority and act on behalf of a nation that ensures their safety so they may make decisions without fear or intimidation. That is a true democracy."

    Sheriff Paul Penzone
    Maricopa County, Arizona
    Sheriff Paul Penzone
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    “Access to the ballot should not be stymied in any manner, nor should we ever lose valuable election officials because they are worn down from harassment, fear, threats and undue job hardships created to alter public faith in the electoral process. "

    Kathy Holland
    Director of Elections, Alamance County North Carolina (Ret.)
    Kathy Holland
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    “I joined the committee because I took an oath, along with my law enforcement colleagues, to protect and serve all persons, which is in alignment with my personal values and morals. "

    Captain Harold Love
    Michigan State Police (Ret.), Owner and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Harold J. Love & Associates
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    “The 2020 election cycle brought many challenges for election officials, but the most shocking for me were the death threats, verbal assaults, intimidation, and scare tactics. I am one of the election officials that had my life and the lives of my family members threatened, and the threats have not ceased."

    Tina Barton
    Senior Elections Expert, The Elections Group
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    “There are many issues that have become politicized, but ensuring the safety of election workers should never be. These are the people responsible for overseeing the democratic process that serves as the foundation of our republic."

    Jonathan Bydlak
    Director, Governance Program, R Street Institute
    Jonathan Bydlak
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    “My dad was a city clerk. Elections were a central and cherished part of his job. I joined this committee to ensure that today’s election officials can keep America’s elections running safely and securely, just like he did."

    Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
    Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
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    “Election officials are unsung heroes of American democracy—they make sure our system operates as intended. Threats to these public servants are an attack on democracy itself. Law enforcement and election officials working together can help chart a safer and more secure path forward for future elections."

    Orion Danjuma
    Counsel, Protect Democracy
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    “As a country, we must protect election officials to keep our elections secure and fair. Law enforcement and election officials must work together to keep this new threat from interfering in our elections."

    Neal Kelley
    Registrar of Voters (Ret.) Orange County, California
    Neal Kelley
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    “As an election official who experienced the verbal threats and intimidation directed at me and my staff I feel I must be a voice on this committee to work with law enforcement to address this issue."

    Joseph Gloria
    Registrar of Voters, Clark County, Nevada
    Joseph Gloria
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    “Election workers are the guardians of our democracy, and attacks on them for doing their jobs are unacceptable. I’m proud to stand with and in support of this group of law enforcement and election officials, who are working on practical solutions to keep our elections safe and secure."

    Larry Norden
    Senior Director, Elections & Government, Brennan Center for Justice
    Larry Norden
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    “I have joined this committee because I believe in the mission and have full confidence that we will develop practices that are results driven and further strengthen the pipeline between law enforcement and election officials."

    Derek Bowens
    Director of Elections, Durham County, North Carolina
    Derek Bowens