In Colorado, Trump supporters seeking evidence of 2020 election fraud have flooded some county offices with so many records requests that officials say they are unable to perform their primary duties.
Some election workers in Nevada have been followed to their cars and threatened.
Concerns about the possibility of violence around Election Day have prompted officials in Philadelphia to install bulletproof glass at their ballot-processing center.
With ten weeks until the 2022 midterm elections, dozens of state and local officials across the country tell ABC News that election preparations are being hampered by onerous public information requests, ongoing threats against election workers, and dangerous misinformation campaigns waged by activists still intent on contesting the 2020 presidential elections.
In Wisconsin, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell told ABC News that a Wisconsin activist filed one of those requests just days after the summit, a lengthy inquiry that not only sought specific and detailed information, but also offered guidance on how local officials should retrieve the data. McDonell said he received up to 50 of these requests in a two-day period.
Many of the onerous requests, according to election officials, seek ballot records, information on voting machines, and even the personal information of election workers – information that election offices will not provide.
According to Marc Early, the state of Florida’s supervisor of elections, all of the requests are making it more difficult to prepare the state for the upcoming midterm elections.
In Michigan, election officials have been accused of misconduct by a former state official. Former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck inundated the township with so many records requests, according to the clerk of Michigan’s Canton Township, that the clerk invited Colbeck to his office to see the township’s election management system in action, in the hope that Colbeck’s concerns about voter fraud would be alleviated.
The visit, however, did not satisfy Colbeck, who Siegrist said is now requesting that the Michigan township release the programming files for the election management system, which officials say they cannot do.
According to Siegrist, such files are “not subject to public disclosure under Michigan’s FOIA laws, because they are both proprietary and a blueprint for election programming, and if distributed could result in individuals having a resource to hack future elections.”
Colbeck, on the other hand, told ABC News that the information he seeks is timestamp information associated with cast vote records already provided by the township.
Washoe County, Nevada, officials have also been inundated with “numerous” and “onerous” records and information requests. However, their election workers have also faced threats and harassment.
Election workers have been followed to their cars and threatened with phrases like “Traitors are dealt with,” according to county spokesperson Bethany Drysdale.
Drysdale claims that by mid-June, shortly after the Nevada primaries, the harassment had become so severe that the Washoe County voter registrar resigned, prompting the Washoe County Commission to propose a support plan to help county employees who are “unfairly publicly attacked, harassed, or disparaged by members of the public or political organizations.”
Members of the Republican Women of Reno slammed the effort, asking in an online post, “Is it 1984 in Washoe County?” The organization, which has been leading local election challenge efforts and training poll watchers, urged others to “show up and let your voices be heard” at county commission meetings.
Philadelphia officials are so concerned about the midterm elections that they have installed bulletproof glass at their ballot-processing center.
David Clements, a former college professor who rose to national prominence by making baseless claims of voter fraud, has been attending town hall meetings and confronting officials in Otero County, New Mexico, about the 2020 election.
Clements, who was suspended from New Mexico State University last year, has traveled across the country to advocate for election audits in 2020. Lindell returned to New Mexico a week after speaking at Lindell’s “Moment of Truth Summit,” where he was escorted out of a Doa Ana County commission meeting after pressing the commissioners to investigate election-related claims.