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Violent Threats to Election Workers Spiraled After 2020 Election

  • More than 1,000 threatening messages reviewed by US officials
  • Justice Department task force has charged five people
A worker wheels a box of 2020 Presidential election ballots to table for a hand-count during an audit in Georgia.

A worker wheels a box of 2020 Presidential election ballots to table for a hand-count during an audit in Georgia.

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg
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Federal prosecutors have charged five people with threatening election workers since the Justice Department launched a task force on the issue last summer, according to testimony in a congressional hearing on Wednesday. 

Amid a wave of threats against local election workers following former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that widespread voting fraud cost him his re-election, the Justice Department set up the task force, which has already reviewed more than 1,000 threatening and harassing messages, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee.