To deter threats directed at election workers, a bipartisan group of senators proposed reforms to the Electoral Count Act in July that include increased federal penalties for candidates who threaten or intimidate election workers — a necessary step but one that still leaves too many election workers in peril.

More can, and must, be done to ensure the safety of election workers. For example, tougher penalties for those who threaten election workers will not mean much if local, state and federal law enforcement cannot determine whether those threats are prosecutable in the first place.

Dallas Morning News

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