Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) mentioned Sunday she and different election officers across the nation are involved about “violence and disruption” as November’s midterm elections method.
Benson, Michigan’s prime official tasked with sustaining election integrity, made the feedback on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” telling host Main Garrett there was nice concern about “the continued unfold of misinformation.”
“Which in fact fuels the potential for added threats, harassment and even violence on Election Day,” she added.
Her feedback come amid heated dialogue from each events. President Joe Biden has been touring the nation, decrying excessive factions of the GOP which have embraced Donald Trump’s “MAGA” ideology. Trump and his surrogates have in flip excoriated Biden as “hateful and divisive.”
Benson mentioned Sunday election officers on either side of the political spectrum had been working “day and night time” with regulation enforcement and different companions to “shield the sanctity of the polling place and shield the integrity of our democracy” heading into November.
“It’s additionally essential to notice that we’ve been doing this work now for shut to 2 years, or over two years, and we’ve been succeeding actually at each flip. Democracy prevailed in 2020,” she mentioned. “So, we’re in some ways much more ready this yr than ever earlier than, than ― even than we had been in 2020, to make sure that we’re eliminating, mitigating or definitely defending the system in opposition to any potential disruptions.”
Garrett went on to ask if voters ought to stay interested by election integrity going into the midterms. Benson agreed, saying officers welcomed “questions primarily based on proof” however mentioned voters ought to reject efforts to create political instability by means of disinformation and concern mongering.
“What’s actually occurred over the previous couple of years is that this development of factless misinformation or allegations primarily based not on proof, however on aspersions, and actually geared in the direction of furthering partisan agendas, and delegitimizing democracy itself,” she mentioned.