Election officials can’t access federal funding for security as violent threats mount

By: - August 24, 2022 3:00 am

Wall art at the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s Office. (Cate Folsom/Nebraska Examiner)

The board did award the secretary of state’s office $241,000 in emergency funding to combat threats through the end of September, but the funds will expire before the November election.

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Kira Lerner
Kira Lerner

Kira is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom, where she covers voting, elections, redistricting and efforts to subvert democracy. Before joining States Newsroom, Kira was managing editor of Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom launched to cover election administration and voting before and after the 2020 election. She has also covered voting rights, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for outlets including The Appeal and ThinkProgress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Slate, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets. Kira has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

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