Election Workers and Their Children Are Being Threatened for Doing Their Jobs
In 2020 and 2021, threats to election workers and their families greatly increased. Recently, there were over 850 reports of threats to election officials.
A Las Vegas man named Gjergi Luke Juncaj is facing federal charges alleging he threatened the lives of state election workers he blamed for "stealing the election."
Juncaj harassed election workers and threatened their families in 4 anonymous phone calls in January 2021, one year after the 2020 election. Juncaj allegedly said he hoped the worker's "children get molested," and said the woman and others in her office "are all going to die."
Naturally, the woman Juncaj threatened was terrified for her family, especially her children.
The Justice Department is taking strong action so other would-be election-worker-intimidators are deterred and other families do not have to go through the same terrible experience. A Justice Department said the task force goal is "to ensure that all election workers — whether elected, appointed or volunteer — are able to do their jobs free from threats and intimidation."
American election workers' ability to do their jobs without worry of bodily harm to themselves and their families is essential to election integrity in America. We can not have secure elections without having our election workers safe from threats, violence, and blackmail. These are real people with real families who American elections depends on. We can not leave them unprotected.