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Election workers across the country have faced a heightened number of threats since the 2020 election.

Bipartisan group offers free legal aid to election workers facing intimidation

During the 2020 presidential contest, election workers had to navigate a host of new challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As if that wasn't enough of a burden on civil servants, temporary workers and volunteers, they also faced heightened threats from partisan extremists.

And now, even 10 months after the election, officials are still at risk of physical and verbal assault, as well as new rules that limit their authority.

To help protect election workers from these intimidations, the Center for Election Innovation and Research announced Wednesday the launch of a bipartisan initiative to provide pro bono legal assistance and advice. The Election Official Legal Defense Network is led by David Becker, executive director of CEIR; Bob Bauer, former White House counsel during the Obama administration; and Ben Ginsberg, counsel to the George W. Bush campaign and Republican candidates.

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Pennsylvania voters cast their ballots during Tuesday's local election.

5 election stories you may have missed

While some states are still dealing with the aftermath of the 2020 election, others are focused on high-stakes local contests this year.

Here are five stories to help you catch up on the latest election news.

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Rally-goers call for all votes to be counted at a Nov. 4 protest in New York.

Most Americans see voting rights as more important than election security

Three in five Americans believe it's more important to ensure that all voters get to vote than it is to make sure nobody who's ineligible casts a ballot, a new poll finds, although there's an enormous partisan split on those priorities.

The same survey, however, revealed a solidly bipartisan degree of confidence among three-quarters of Americans that elections in their own states are being run fairly and securely.

The results, out Tuesday from NBC News, are the latest evidence of the complex and sometimes polarized views the electorate holds about the bedrock institution of democracy.

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"Although Kansans have cast millions of ballots over the last decade, there remains no evidence of significant voter fraud," said Gov. Laura Kelly.

GOP crusade to curb voting runs into blockade in ruby red Kansas

The sprawling Republican effort to make voting more difficult has been derailed for the first time by a Democratic governor.

Laura Kelly of Kansas has vetoed two bills, one curbing the number of ballots third parties may collect and deliver and the other giving the Legislature total control over election rules. Both were drafted in response to developments in other states last year — decisions by courts and governors to ease access to the ballot during the pandemic, and Donald Trump's baseless claims that widespread fraud had robbed him of a second presidential term.

The measures now return to the capital, where both have more than enough support for a veto override in the Senate but appear to be a handful of votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority in the House. Kansas' 2021 legislative session lasts three more weeks.

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