Analysis: Donald Trump’s pressure on election officials has concrete consequences

It has an impact. A large.

This, from CNN’s Fredreka Schouten, goes so far: “About 1 in 5 local election officials included in a new survey say they are likely to leave their job before the 2024 presidential election, a third of with this group citing bogus political attacks on the electoral system as the primary reason for their departure.”
And there’s this in a memo about the survey results: “Nearly three times as many local election officials are very concerned about interference from political leaders in the way they and their fellow local election officials do their work in the future as they say they will be before 2020.”

And this: “1 in 6 local election officials have been threatened, and more than half of those cases have not been reported to law enforcement.”

(Note: The poll of election officials was conducted by the Democratic-aligned Benenson Strategy Group for the liberal-leaning Brennan Center.)

This is superb thing. And it speaks to the climate of fear and intimidation that Trump and his minions have created among those tasked with ensuring free and fair elections.

It is also proof that Trump not only poisoned the minds of many Americans about the last election, but also played a major role in making the upcoming presidential election less safe and secure.

Consider what the survey tells us. If 1 in 5 local elected officials leave their post before the next presidential election, who will replace them? In some cases, nobody – which is bad. In other cases, it could be people aligned with Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election – seeking to “fix” a “fake” in 2024.

We have already seen Trump endorse a multitude of candidates for positions as Secretary of State. That includes Georgia, where he made a phone call in early 2021 to pressure current Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the election results. The former president is backing Rep. Jody Hice, who is challenging Raffensperger in the GOP primary.

Point: Targets like Raffensperger may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump’s impact on how the 2024 election plays out. A mass exodus of local election officials could seriously hamper the quest for a free and fair contest.


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