Red State Makes Controversial Change To Election Laws

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( – On Tuesday, Nevada Governor Lombardo (Republican) signed a bill into law that would make it a felony to threaten, intimidate or harass election workers in an attempt to influence the outcomes of an election or retaliate against election workers for doing their jobs.

This legislation comes in response to the recent increase in threats of violence reported by election workers after the 2020 presidential election. Other states, including Oklahoma, Washington, New Mexico, Vermont, and Maine have also passed similar laws aiming to protect election officials.

The law passed unanimously in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature and makes any threat or attempt to use force, intimidation, coercion, or violence against election officials an offense punishable by up to four years in prison. During the signing ceremony, Lombardo was joined by the state’s first-term Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar (Democrat), who had made it one of his campaign promises in 2022 to provide protection to election workers. Aguilar stated during the ceremony that he wanted election workers to know that his office was there to protect them.

Between the 2022 and 2022 elections, more than half of Nevada’s top election officials resigned with them commonly reporting threats or burnout as the reason for their decision. The law is going to be going into effect immediately. Under this new law, it is a crime to release personal or identifying information about any election official without their consent.

The new law also adds the secretary of state, the state treasurer, the state controller, and the attorney general to the list of people who are prohibited from accepting money for political purposes.

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