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Misinformation Prompts Violent Threats Against Election Workers

A report from the House Oversight Committee offers new details into how election misinformation has hamstrung the work of election offices and prompted a deluge of violent threats against workers. The report's findings highlight the enduring effects of the ongoing effort by former President Trump and his allies to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election, Axios reports. "Today's report reveals the disturbing and even violent impact of election lies on real people — including the workers we rely on to administer our elections safely and fairly," said Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The Democratic staff report is based on responses to an April 21 letter the panel sent to the leaders of election worker organizations in four key states: Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas.

"Election administrators informed the Committee that responding to the influx of threats and disinformation required hours of work and increased security that made it more difficult for them to do their jobs," the report says. The report draws direct connections to Trump. Arizona election official Lisa Marra told the panel: "We had many people demanding to know exactly when their ballot was counted because ‘the President told them to.’ " It also cites complaints from officials that election laws passed in GOP-controlled states have sown further doubts about elections and posed sometimes insurmountable logistical hurdles for election workers.


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