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Coalition Announces Election Protections

Jan 20, 2023

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was joined by members of the Senate and House Elections Committees to announce legislative plans to protect elections workers and voters. The group plans to work on:

    • Reintroducing and passing legislation to ban and increase the penalty for threatening, harassing, or doxxing election workers and for pressuring election officials to act illegally
    • Introducing legislation to ban deceptive practices in elections such as lying to voters when seeking their signatures on petitions and knowingly sharing false information about elections and citizens’ ability to vote
    • Providing funding to townships, cities, and county clerks, to ensure their security and the security of their elections and voters

Additionally, Secretary Benson announced she is launching an elections policy working group to suggest, review, and provide feedback on election policies on a rolling basis. The group will be compromised of nonpartisan organizations; Republican, Democratic, and nonpartisan clerks; the chairs of both legislative election committees; and representatives from the Executive Office of the Governor.

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