Election officials across the country can’t sleep at night.
What’s going on? A lot more than most of us realize.
Those smiling poll workers don’t feel safe – at least 33% of them – according to a survey conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice.
The survey uncovered some shocking feelings our election officials carry around in their heart – and it’s not good.
This is America, a place where elections should be safe and the people working them should feel comfortable.
Instead, many poll workers keep looking over their shoulders while trying to do their job.
Here is what the survey found:
Thirty-two percent of the local election officials said they feel unsafe as a result of their jobs. Additionally, 17 percent of the same officials said they had been threatened.
The survey also found that an overwhelming majority (79 percent) of the local officials said, “the government should provide protection and security services to the local officials when needed.”
This is compared to only 21 percent who said they don’t think the government should provide security for them.
More so, 95 percent of the officials also believe that social media has played a huge part in contributing to divisiveness in the United States, with 83 percent answering, “a lot” and 12 percent saying, “a lot/somewhat.”
Seventy-eight percent said social media makes their job more difficult. Forty-nine said percent said, “a lot,” and twenty-nine percent said, “a lot/somewhat.”
Additionally, 54 percent said social media makes their job more dangerous. Thirty percent said, “a lot,” and twenty-four percent said, “a lot/somewhat.”
The survey was conducted by the Berenson Strategy Group between April 1 to 7 among local election officials around the country. There were 233 interviews conducted online using a sample provided by the Brennan Center.
The margin of error was plus or minus 6.4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval. The survey noted the margin of error is higher among the sampled subgroups.Breitbart
American election workers are not supposed to feel afraid for doing what is normally a thankless and low paying job.
Election officials from both parties should feel safe.
So the question now is – why do they feel unsafe? Sure, social media comments can contribute to their fears. But once they arrive at the polling station, why are so many workers feeling unsafe?
17 percent in the survey said they have been threatened. By who?
Let us know in the comments if you have any insights why this is going on.