Captain Harold Love on National Police Week

May 19, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Captain Harold Love, retired Michigan State Police Department Captain, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure. Can you describe your current or past […]

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Neal Kelley on National Police Week

May 19, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Neal Kelley, CSSE Chairman, former San Bernardino Police Officer and Riverside County Deputy Sheriff, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure.  Can you […]

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Major Christopher Grotton on National Police Week

May 19, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Major Christopher Grotton, former Maine State Police Department Sergeant, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure.  Can you describe your current or past […]

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Justin Smith on National Police Week

May 18, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Justin Smith, CSSE member and former Sheriff of Larimer County, Colorado, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure.  Can you describe your current […]

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Dr. Tracie L. Keesee on National Police Week

May 17, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Dr. Tracie L. Keesee, former Denver Police Department Captain, former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Training, and former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Equity and Inclusion, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their […]

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Major Craig Latimer on National Police Week

May 17, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Major Craig Latimer, who retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure. Can you describe your current […]

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Chris Harvey on National Police Week

May 16, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Chris Harvey, CSSE member, Deputy Executive Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, and former DeKalb County Police Officer, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to […]

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Sheriff Paul Penzone on National Police Week

May 16, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Sheriff Paul Penzone, CSSE member and Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure.  Can you describe your current […]

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Sheriff Peter Koutoujian on National Police Week

May 15, 2023

In recognition of National Police Week and the upcoming 2024 election cycle, we sat down with Middlesex County, Massachusetts Sheriff Peter Koutoujian to recognize the work of law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make, including their contribution to keeping our elections safe and secure. Can you describe your current or past role in law […]

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CSSE Celebrates National Police Week

May 15, 2023

The Committee for Safe and Secure Elections (CSSE) issues the following statement: National Police Week is an opportunity to reflect on the work of law enforcement officers across the country and the sacrifices they make, including their contributions to keeping our elections safe and secure. Election officials and workers have increasingly faced violent threats, intimidation, […]

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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 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
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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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    “Safe, secure, transparent elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. CSSE members recognize the great responsibility associated with election administration and embrace public accountability to ensure that all eligible voters can freely exercise their right to vote and have their ballots counted. We make it a point to welcome and encourage those who want to peacefully observe this fundamental democratic process."

    Neal Kelley
    Registrar of Voters (Ret.) Orange County, California
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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
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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
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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
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