Election official turnover rate reaches new heights

A report from Issue One sought to quantify the effect of death threats and harassment on workers since the 2020 elections.
An election worker processes ballots at the Clark County Election Department, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Election officials have left their jobs at a possibly unprecedented rate since the 2020 elections, a new report finds, with threats and intimidation contributing to a loss of institutional knowledge that creates a potential crisis ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

According to Issue One, a nonpartisan political reform group, about 40% of chief local election officials in 11 western states — including two critical presidential battlegrounds — are new to the job since 2020.

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