Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A
, Jr.. met virtually with about
750 election officials on Monday to give them an update on the task force
, volgens to a Justice Department press release
. The task force has reviewed over
“1,000 contacts reported as hostile or harassing by the election community
,” of which about
11% “met the threshold for a federal criminal investigation
,” het die departement gesê.
More than half of the potentially criminal threats were in battleground states where the 2020 results were challenged, such as Arizona, Georgië, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Wisconsin, according to the Justice Department.
Election officials have more on their plate than ever in trying to tamp down disinformation about the voting process while keeping an eye on foreign hacking threats and threats of violence.
A classified briefing that US intelligence and national security officials held for election officials in April covered threats of violence based on conspiracy theories
, a change in the threat landscape since
2020, CNN voorheen berig
A Massachusetts man was arrested Friday after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly making a bomb threat last year towards an election official in Arizona
As a result of the threats and harassment to election officials, “NASED has heard from state election offices in which every employee now has a concealed carry license and actively carries a weapon,” Cohen’s testimony says.
“[W]e have heard from state election offices that have seen long-time employees abruptly give notice en masse with no jobs lined up, citing safety concerns; and we have heard from states that have lost 25 aan 30 percent of their local election officials because those public servants no longer want to work in this environment,” Cohen will testify.
Federal officials have looked to strengthen physical and cybersecurity support for election administrators.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has 127 physical security specialists across the country who can assess election facilities for safety, and the agency plans to hire 15 more by the end of the year.
Yet funding and other resources are a long-term challenge for security of and administration of elections, volgens kenners.
The Justice Department clarified in January that a criminal justice grants program that gives states millions of dollars each year can be used to protect against physical threats against election workers.
A Justice Department spokesperson told CNN in June that the department division overseeing the grants had yet to report any use of funds to protect against threats of violence to election workers. CNN has requested an update to that data.