Justice Dept. tells states they can use federal grant money to protect election workers

The Justice Department on Wednesday told states they could spend federal law-enforcement grant money on protection for election workers, who have faced a plethora of threats in the aftermath of the 2020 election. In a letter Wednesday, Kristen Mahoney, acting director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, told state officials administering a law-enforcement grant program that they could use the funds “to deter, detect, and protect against threats of violence against election workers, administrators, officials, and others associated with the electoral process.” Top officials also discussed the possibility in a meeting with election officials and workers, who have pressed the Justice Department to do more to provide for their safety and investigate and prosecute those making threats. Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post.

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