Washington — Even volunteers who checked you in for polls in November now have a legal defense committee, perhaps a metaphor for the times.
Of course, the official Election Legal Defense Network, which made its public debut on September 7, offers to represent more than just voting workers. Founded last year to counter the political pressure and bullying wave faced by electoral workers, the organization is a free law for everyone involved in the voting process, from the Secretary of State to local election officials and volunteers. We promise service.
David J. Becker, secretary-general of the Nonprofit Center for Election Innovation Research, which oversees the project, said the group had already been inquired by several electoral authorities. Without giving details, Becker said their question was “related to issues such as harassment and intimidation.”
The network is to create two major powers in the Republican and Democratic legal profession: Benjamin L. Ginsburg and Bob Bauer. In this month’s Washington Post opinion, Ginsburg was the best GOP lawyer for 38 years, Bader was a Democratic lawyer, and was an adviser to the Obama administration’s White House. Voting counts and casts on an independent independent basis destroy our democracy. “
“If such an attack is not addressed, our autonomy system will suffer long-term damage,” they said.
Ginsburg, who defeated the party on false claims by former President Donald J. Trump and became a bitter critic, claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and Bader himself said I’m an expert. The two men chaired the Presidential Election Commission, which was established in 2013 by former President Barack Obama. The Commission called for modernization of election procedures and equipment to make voting easier and safer.
In an interview, Bader said he and Ginsburg are looking for lawyers for the Legal Defense Network in hopes of building an organization. Siege with legal support. Dozens of people have already signed the initiative, and more will be joining soon, according to Becker.
The center is nonpartisan and offers to represent electoral workers of all political tendencies, whether they are red-light districts or blue towns. But as Gimberg and Bauer’s announcement implicitly pointed out, the problems faced by electoral workers only swelled after the 2020 general election, almost entirely with Trump’s conservative supporters and Republicans. It came from a member of a state under control.
According to a survey released this summer by New York University’s Bipartisan Policy Center and Brennan Center for Justice, one-third of elected workers say they are worried about their jobs. In Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, and other states, people enthusiastically believing in Mr. Trump’s stolen election lies have violently and even killed state and local election authorities and their families. I’m threatening. Some electoral workers are hiding or seeking police protection.
The Republican-controlled state legislature has responded to allegations of fraud by controlling several aspects of election administration and imposing fines or rule-breaking imprisonment on electoral workers.
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In Iowa, a new law puts election managers who do not comply with the new voting rules subject to criminal prosecution. Under the new Texas law, electoral workers will be liable for prosecution if they are determined to intentionally obstruct the view of a party poll monitor. In Florida, a new rule imposes a fine of up to $ 25,000 if local election authorities leave ballot drop boxes unsupervised or allow voters to deposit ballots after official hours.
Becker of the Innovation Research Center said the growing threat to electoral workers was rude. “These are mostly civil servants,” he said. “They aren’t the ones who do this because they want to be rich and famous. They do this out of duty.”
David Levine, an expert in the integrity of the Washington-based alliance’s elections to ensure democracy, said the legal network is that most of the people it serves are actually civilians. It seems to be worth it just because. Levine has worked as an election custodian in the District of Columbia and Idaho.
“Your job, not to mention wondering if your decisions can pose a threat to your colleagues and your family when you deal with tremendous stress and work long hours. It’s hard enough to do well, “he said. Saying “We have your back, no matter how big or small your election jurisdiction is, or how wealthy you or your community are,” serves an important purpose. “
Mr. Bauer has various feelings about applauding a new venture.
“The demand for this type of support is so great that it’s hard to say it’s successful,” he said. “It’s very annoying to have this demand.”