We need poll workers. And they need protection

Poll worker Josh Harrison (center) works with Chad Donahue (right) during curbside voting in 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. Andy Manis/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

NEW YORK — Election officials used to toil in relative obscurity. Poll workers put in long, intense hours around voting time, filling low-paid bureaucratic roles that were poorly understood by the public they served.

But since 2020, that world has turned upside down. Today, many election workers are the subject of harassment, threats and even acts of violence. Some have had to flee their homes or have been assaulted. One said it’s “like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

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Early voting is absolutely the answer. There's no reason to do it all on one day.

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