SCOTUS rules Alabama may keep gerrymandered districts

The Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington on Oct. 22, 2021.

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The jobs of poll workers and election officials have become more dangerous since the 2020 presidential election, when allegations of voter fraud spotlighted ballot collection and counting methods.

Now, the once obscure civil servants face an unprecedented wave of threats and intimidation as their identities are exposed online. A 2021 survey found one in three election officials say they feel unsafe because of their job, and one in five listed threats to their lives as a job-related concern.

Despite the formation of a Justice Department task force last summer to investigate hundreds of potential threats and bills introduced in six states to protect poll workers, many are reconsidering election work in the future. Fewer staffers working on election days could have immediate consequences, such as consolidated polling places and long lines.

It’s Amy and Chelsey with today’s top stories out of Washington.

Supreme Court allows Alabama to potentially dilute Black vote

The Supreme Court Monday reached a 5-4 decision to allow Alabama to use a congressional map a lower court said likely denied the state’s Black voters an additional member in the U.S. House of Representatives, therefore violating the Voting Rights Act.






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