This op-ed was co-authored by Trey Grayson and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and was published in the Orlando Sentinel.
Over the last year, election officials and poll workers have faced death threats. They’ve required police protection. Their children’s lives have been threatened. This is an alarming trend that bodes poorly for the fabric of our democracy.
Republicans must stand up for this group’s safety in the face of ascendant extremism and conspiracy theories. Defending these public servants exemplifies three key conservative values: rule of law and limited government, fairness in our elections, and patriotism.