CREW and NAACP Las Vegas requested records from the Nevada Office of the Secretary of State regarding harassment and threats of violence against election officials and others leading up to the 2020 presidential election and through the 2022 midterm elections to the present.
The “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was rife with fraud and stolen was integral to the fake elector scheme in Nevada and other states, and contributed to election denialism and political violence that culminated in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. This misinformation also had specific dangerous impacts in Nevada including ongoing threats to state election workers. Earlier this year, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo (R) signed into law bi-partisan legislation that passed the state Senate and Assembly unanimously that makes it a felony to harass, threaten or intimidate election workers with the intent of interfering with an election or of retaliating against election workers for doing their jobs.
NAACP Las Vegas and CREW requested information about threats of violence, actual violence, harassment, intimidation, stalking, or doxxing directed toward the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, local election officials, including County Clerks, County Recorders, their staff, and volunteer election workers.
These records will help to ensure that community leaders in Nevada can better understand and develop proactive strategies to limit and address political violence and election protection issues in Nevada and inform national strategies to facilitate the same.