Readout of Justice Department Officials’ Remarks to National Association of Election Officials
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. met today with a bipartisan group of election officials at the 37th Annual National Conference of The National Association of Election Officials.
Assistant Attorney General Polite discussed the ongoing work of the department’s Election Threats Task Force, including sharing intelligence, data, and analysis.
Assistant Attorney General Polite told participants that over the past year, the task force has held approximately 40 meetings, presentations, and trainings with the election community, state and local prosecutors, state and local law enforcement, vendors providing services to support election administration, and major social media companies.
Assistant Attorney General Polite thanked the election community for engaging directly with the task force in various ways over the past year. He stressed the importance that those lines of communication stay open ahead of election season and reminded the election community of the individual points of contact they have in every FBI field office in the country.
Assistant Attorney General Polite also briefed the election community on available funds for enhanced security for election offices, and the availability of additional resources from both academic and non-governmental organizations. Assistant Attorney General Polite and Principal Deputy Chief John Keller of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section also highlighted recent federal charges against an individual accused of making a threat to an Arizona election official.