The November Midterms are looming large and election day will be here sooner than some Americans realize.
With chatter about “civil war” and fiery rhetoric prevalent, more election offices around the nation are worried about potential violence.
And now election offices across the country are boosting security measures ahead of the Midterms.
Polling locations and officials are stepping up security nationwide
A county election office in Madison, Wisconsin (a key swing state) has now installed new cameras and Plexiglass in the building’s main reception area.
In April, a man wearing camouflage and a mask tried to get into the offices during an election, even though the doors were locked.
A security fence has been added around the perimeter of an office in Maricopa County, AZ after election workers went through a crowd of angry voters with an escort so they could reach their vehicles safely.
Colorado’s top election official Jena Griswold (who is also Colorado’s Democrat Secretary of State) is using part of her budget to pay for private security after she’s received a wave of angry threats.
In an interview with The New York Times, Griswold said the threats and comments on social media have been keeping her up late at night.
She said that “we have to take threats of violence seriously,” and it’s likely that most Americans would agree.
All of these extra security measures are ramping up nationwide as the country gets closer to the midterm elections.
People who oversee elections are getting private security along with additional security for their employees, polling places, and even some select drop boxes.
The money is coming from state and federal funding with little pushback after violent rhetoric has been streaming in from both sides of the aisle.
In one Texas county where Donald Trump won by 59 points in 2020, three election officials resigned, citing stalking and death threats as the reason.
Violence and dangerous rhetoric threaten our republic and society
Democrats like to blame the Right for these latest threats, violent behavior, and the looming sense of fear that seems to be sweeping the nation.
And the corporate-controlled media are more than happy to hype incidents to back up that narrative while ignoring the attempted assassination of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But according to Benjamin Hovland, a member of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, “This isn’t a red-state issue or a blue-state issue.”
Hovland said that these problems are a national issue that subjects public servants to an “unprecedented level of threats, harassment, and intimidating behavior.”
The Election Assistance Commission allowed federal election grants to be used to pay for security services and to monitor social media threats back in June.
Wisconsin recently budgeted $95,000 to design new, more secure election centers in Dane County, which includes the city of Madison.
Officials there claim that the man in camouflage alerted them to serious flaws in the way the building’s layout and current security protocols were designed.
A recent poll found that one in five local election officials said they were “very” or “somewhat unlikely” to keep serving through 2024.
US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.