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September 21, 2023

Guns and voting
New report looks at how to protect elections from gun violence

While incidents of gun violence at polling places or elections offices remain rare, the heated political climate and threats to elections workers and the democratic process has pushed more and more states to include voting locations in legislation that prohibits guns in “sensitive places.”

Currently only 12 states and the District of Columbia prohibit both open and concealed carry of firearms at poll sites. According to the Movement Advancement Project, 43% of the voting-eligible population lives in states that have a clear prohibition against guns in polling places while 57 % of voting-eligible population lives in states that have no clear prohibition against guns in polling places.

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