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Minnesota Democrats roll out plan to protect election workers on 'front lines of democracy'

People who manage state elections have faced increased threats and harassment since 2020


January 10, 2023

Matthew Hinton, Associated Press file

Secretary of State Steve Simon says election judges and administrators increasingly "face threats and intimidation just for doing their work."

Minnesota could see new protections for the tens of thousands of people who manage state elections - and penalties for those who target them.

Democrats now in control of all statewide offices and the Legislature are pushing a package of legislation that aims to crack down on rising harassment faced by election judges and administrators in Minnesota and across the country.

"They serve on the front lines of democracy and increasingly they face threats and intimidation just for doing their work," Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said on Monday. "That is unacceptable and we need to make it clear that this behavior is not tolerated anywhere in Minnesota."


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