“The sad truth is that safe and fair elections are under attack,” Duhigg said in an email. “The folks that work so hard to organize and pull off elections, from the Secretary of State to our County Clerks to poll volunteers and voters, should never be subjected to threats of any nature.”
So far, Democratic lawmakers have led the push to draft the new state proposals.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see a lot of bipartisan agreement,” Becker said. “This is affecting Republicans and Democrats alike.”
And, he said, “they need a sense that government has their backs.”
Officials have clamored for additional resources to monitor threats and provide security for months.
In Colorado, for instance, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, recently asked the state legislature to provide $200,000 annually for guards and threat-monitoring for herself and her staff.
A top department official told reporters last week that the DOJ has dozens of ongoing investigations into threats.