Nevada Becomes Latest to Enhance Penalties for Election Worker Intimidation After Statewide Exodus
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) Those who harass, intimidate or use force on election workers performing their duties in Nevada could soon face up to four years in prison under a new law signed by the Western swing states Republican governor on Tuesday.
The law is meant to deter attacks against those in state and local election offices who have faced increased scrutiny for doing their jobs, Democratic Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar said Tuesday. Threats and initimidation of election workers had ramped up significantly in Nevada and across the country amid falsehoods and conspiracy theories about foul play denying former President Donald Trump victory in the 2020 presidential race.
Other states have taken similar steps to better protect election officials in recent years, including Maine, Vermont, Washington and New Mexico.
The bill, passed unanimously through both chambers of Nevadas Democratic-controlled Legislature, was a core campaign promise from Aguilar, who cited an exodus of election workers across the state due in part to increased threats. The law also makes it a felony to disseminate personal information about an election worker without their consent.