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Swamp Stories Episode 38: Protecting Our Neighbors


Elections across the country are run by dedicated full-time elected officials and by a huge and diverse group of citizens who serve as poll workers — people who might very well be your neighbors, your teacher, or your child’s baseball coach.

These folks are the backbone of our elections system, and are the reason that the 2020 election went so smoothly and was called the “most secure election in American history” with the highest turnout in over a century. But since Election Day in 2020 — and because of a systematic campaign of disinformation designed to undermine trust in our elections — the people who make our democracy work have been the target of repeated attacks on their character and integrity, and have even been threatened with violence.

In episode 38, Weston chats with current and former election officials about the threats they and other election workers have received since the 2020 election, and the problematic trend of election administration being politicized across the country.

Listeners will hear from:

  • Natalie Adona, Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Nevada County, CA
  • Brian Corley, Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County, FL
  • Al Schmidt, Former City Commissioner of Philadelphia
  • Elise Wirkus, Legislative Director at Issue One

Check out episode 38 of “Swamp Stories” now: “Protecting Our Neighbors