This election season, state and local officials should be prepared for attempts to suppress the vote or intimidate voters through threats, harassment, misinformation, or interference. Voter intimidation – often aimed at communities of color – has a long and tragic history in the United States.
Voter intimidation is illegal, and state attorneys general have unique tools to stop it. As top lawyers and law enforcement officers for their states, they can help protect our democracy and promote fair and safe elections.
Our blog post “State Attorneys General Counter Voter Intimidation 101” is a good introduction to the problem of voter intimidation and the ways that state attorneys general are fighting back. The resources below are a toolkit to help state attorneys general and other state and local officials make sure every American can safely cast their vote.
ARMED “GUARDS” AT THE POLLS
Here’s an issue alert with a legal overview and messaging guidance to help state attorneys general respond to reports of armed “guards” at polling places.
State attorneys general who are considering issuing an advisory or guidance about voter intimidation can use this template as a guide.
Pointers, sample language, and guidance on how to reassure voters, deter bad actors, and educate the public about voter intimidation.
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS
Graphics and sample language for social media posts to raise awareness about voter intimidation.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF COUNTER-INTIMIDATION RESOURCES
A carefully curated bibliography of the best resources to help state attorneys general fight back against voter intimidation.