‘Ripe for political violence’: US election officials are quitting at an alarming rate

Over the last four years, over 40 of North Carolina’s 100 counties have had to replace their election directors due to retirements, resignations, and other career moves. A spokesperson for the state Board of Elections claims that number is significantly higher than North Carolina has ever seen before. This trend is not isolated in North Carolina, a Boston Globe analysis of data from the US Vote Foundation found that turnover of election officials spiked after the 2020 presidential election in battleground states like Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. New election workers are entering a hostile environment, according to a March poll by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Election Data and Science Lab, over 25% of election officials in North Carolina received threats during the 2020 election cycle. 

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