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EOLDN's Busy Summer in the Field

September 2023

EOLDN Hits the Road to Prepare for 2024

Odd-numbered years, and their summers, are usually a quieter time for the election community. But the Election Official Legal Defense Network (EOLDN) has received requests for pro bono legal help throughout the summer from election officials who reported threats, intimidation, defamatory comments, job loss due to partisan targeting, and other forms of harassment. EOLDN also arranged communications help for election officials interested in mounting voter education campaigns.

EOLDN not only matched election officials with assistance, but also traveled the country to speak face to face with the election community about these issues. After starting in May with The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR)’s Summit for American Democracy in Washington DC, EOLDN leadership attended the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials conference, the National Association of Counties Annual Conference in Austin, the National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Washington DC, the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Denver, and the Election Center 38th Annual National Conference in Orlando.

At every stop, we listened to stories from election officials who have weathered threats and expect a significant increase in harassment during and after 2024’s primary and general elections. They also reported a need for more communications resources to help combat misinformation about election administration.

This fall, EOLDN will introduce enhancements to our matching processes, in order to provide election workers with fuller support and attorneys with additional information. We’ll also roll out new and updated methods of outreach — informational videos, webinars, and introductory messages to election officials, attorneys, and potential partners, for a start.

Help us grow our audience and stand with election officials: encourage your colleagues, election officials, and anyone else who might be interested to subscribe to our newsletter, at eoldn.org/subscribe.

“Protecting Election Officials Amid Unprecedented Harassment,” from the CEIR video series.

For more election commentary, see the CEIR YouTube page and CEIR LinkedIn page.

What is EOLDN?

The Election Official Legal Defense Network is the brainchild of former Presidential Commission on Election Administration co-chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg. David Becker, Executive Director of CEIR and an elections expert, leads EOLDN. 

EOLDN offers two services in support of election officials:

Pro Bono Legal Assistance: This service matches experienced pro bono attorneys with election officials who have been harassed and intimidated for simply doing their jobs of running fair elections.

Free Communications Assistance: This service matches election offices with free communications assistance to combat mis-, dis-, and mal-information about elections in their communities, educate voters, and provide general strategy support.

Share Resources with EOs 

Please forward this message to your contacts and take a look at our digital toolkit that makes it easy to share information about our free, safe, and nonpartisan legal and communications services.

Election Officials, Request Help

Click here to request legal or communications assistance on our website, eoldn.org or contact us via email at help@eoldn.org or phone at 1-877-313-5210 anytime.

Click here for EOLDN Terms and Conditions. If you believe you’re eligible to receive help from EOLDN and are interested in requesting assistance from a pro bono attorney or communications professional, we encourage you to get in touch.

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Attorneys, Join Our Network of Lawyers

Please forward this message to attorney contacts, so EOLDN is prepared for 2024 and beyond. We need all types of attorneys, as election officials can experience a wide variety of legal issues stemming from their duties, and many simply need general guidance. Learn about joining the network as a pro bono attorney, or as a law firm, here

Interested in helping us recruit other attorneys or firms into the network? We have information to help you present EOLDN to other lawyers. Please email outreach@eoldn.org for more information.