Opinion: Education and outreach can beat voter intimidation
When it comes to intimidation, election officials are empowered to protect voters and maintain peace and safety at their polling locations. In fact, this is a core part of their responsibilities. Education and community outreach are key to preventing potential trouble or defusing conflicts once they begin. Local election officials are well positioned to reach voters. Local election officials should inform all community members about the laws protecting voters' fundamental right to vote. Hearing accurate and positive messages from local officials will build trust and encourage people to come out and vote.
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