Local Election Judges Are Prepared for Election Day Violence

Polling places nationwide have taken steps to prepare for safety issues, including active shooter scenarios, on election day this year.

Image courtesy of WTOP.

As reported by National Public Radio,

Poll workers across the country are on high alert after the recent firebombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina and reports that two armed men lingered for hours outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia.

The City of Denver has bolstered its safety curriculum for election judges,

“You know, it’s unfortunate that we have to do this, but we want to be overly prepared,” said Amber McReynolds, the director of elections for the city and county of Denver. “We have added in an active shooter training into our election judge training.”

For more information, see the full story, Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst.

In an article on elections security in the Washington Area, WTOP reports,

The state of Maryland also is assuring voters that the polls will be safe and every ballot will be counted.

For more information see What Officials Across DC Area Say About Election Security.

At this year’s Winter Conference, MACo will feature a special training on active shooter events.

Session: Active Shooter Defense: What You Need to Know

Description: Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. While an active shooter scenario may unfold in various locations, public and government settings are particular targets. These terrifying events are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, so individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to survive the situation before law enforcement arrives. In this deep-dive session, a public safety expert will share the best way to prepare for the worst-case scenario with take-away lessons in safety for all attendees.

Speaker: Deputy First Class Wehrle of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office

Moderator: The Honorable James “Capt Jim” McMahan, Jr., Council Member, Harford County

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2016; 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

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