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Election Workers Keep Resigning Because “You Have To Be Crazy” To Do Job Former Chief Official Says

  |   By Lou Dobbs Staff

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In 2022, after five years of service as chief election official, Deanna Spikula announced her resignation following accusations of treason and death threats.

Her replacement quit after receiving fentanyl-laced envelopes a few weeks after taking over.

Cari-Ann Burgess is next in line for Georgia’s Washoe County Registrar of Voters, where every employee, 18 to be exact, who worked there during the 2020 election has quit.

Additionally, almost every election administrator has left statewide in the past 3½ years.

USA Today reports,

A similar pattern is playing out nationally, with tens of thousands of longtime elections workers harassed out of their jobs by a small cadre of self-appointed voting experts and critics who have hounded clerks to switch to paper ballots, demanded hand-counted results, and insisted they be allowed to participate in ways that are normally barred specifically because they can introduce errors.

“It’s not that turnover is something new,” said Tammy Patrick, CEO for programs at the National Association of Election Officials. “What’s new is the scope of it, the depth of it, the scale of it. Those who have left the field, it’s understandable. A person can only take so much.”

The unprecedented turnover means elections today are being run by less-experienced workers at every level. One nonpartisan group concluded departing elections officials took with them a collective 1,800 years of experience from a system that until 2020 was widely considered the international gold standard.

With the high number of people walking off the job and having to train new election workers, election experts have raised questions about whether elections will now be more accurate and secure. Even so, they believe the nation’s new or experienced election officials are up to the task.

“There is an increase in trust in elections today,” said Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, a Republican. “It’s just the folks who trust elections are not as loud as the people who don’t.”

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