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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Opinion: Election officials are the gatekeepers of our democracy

September 22, 2022

CSSE Chair Neal Kelley and Natalie Adona, who is the Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Nevada County, California, write in the Orange County Register about how critical support of our […]

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Law enforcement is searching for new ways to protect elections

September 16, 2022

A new coalition of election administrators and law enforcement officials met in Washington on Wednesday to develop strategies for connecting their respective communities to push back against a rising tide of online and physical threats against the voting process.

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12 News KPNX: Missouri man charged with threatening to kill County Recorder Stephen Richer

August 18, 2022

CSSE Member Chris Harvey tells KPNX that local prosecutors and local law enforcement must continue to take election threats seriously.

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Podcast: Terrifying tales of election directors

August 16, 2022

CSSE Member Kathy Holland joined "Tying it Together with Tim Boyum" to discuss election threats, and consequences of nearly half of North Carolina's county elections directors resigning or quitting in three years.

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U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hosts Roundtable Examining Election Misinformation and Subversion

August 10, 2022

CSSE Member Tina Barton participated in a roundtable comprised of election experts before Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York). Barton described the unprecedented levels of threats to election officials and recounted the first death threat she received shortly after the 2020 presidential election.

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Q&A with Neal Kelley, Chair of The Committee for Safe and Secure Elections

August 10, 2022

As the 2022 midterms approach, the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections is convening election officials and law enforcement personnel from across the country to address an urgent concern: protecting […]

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Votebeat: How a Senate panel on threats to election officials got derailed

August 6, 2022

“God forbid something could really happen beyond threats. If you have someone going into a pizza parlor with a gun because of something they read on the internet, what stops them from going into a polling place?" -Neal Kelley, Chair, Committee on Safe and Secure Elections.  

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AP: Conspiracy-promoting sheriffs claim vast election authority

July 25, 2022

Harvey is part of a new group bringing together election officials and law enforcement. The Committee for Safe and Secure Elections is comprised of 32 current and former election and law enforcement officials, with a goal of build stronger relationships and providing training.

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CSSE Chair Neal Kelley provides testimony to U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security

July 22, 2022

Neal Kelley, the chair of the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections (CSSE) and the former Orange County, California, Registrar of Voters, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee about his work with CSSE and the impact of threats on election officials. 

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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
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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.)
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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 L. 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