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Sheriff's Toolkit

Election Integrity Recommendations for Sheriffs

ProtectAmerica.Vote is a national effort to inform and equip sheriffs, educate citizens, and protect our elections. 

The Sheriff’s Toolkit is a basic set of information and ideas that law enforcement can use to support lawful elections. If you’re a member of law enforcement, we hope these concepts will be useful to you. If you’re a concerned voter, forward this information on to your local Sheriff and ask for their help.

The Sheriff’s Toolkit

written by Sheriff Mark Lamb (Pinal County, AZ)
  1. Drop Box Voting: We recommend every Sheriff begin outreach to your County Election Officials and ask for the following:
    1. Drop box locations: Confirm drop box locations and operational dates for the November Election.
    2. Increased Patrol: Please consider increased patrol activity around drop box locations. Increased drop box patrol between 10pm and 5am is strongly encouraged.
    3. Video Surveillance: Confirm each drop box will have operational cameras and video surveillance. In some cases, election officials have installed additional surveillance access points directly on Sheriff Department computers for easy monitoring.
    4. Daily Video Review: If video surveillance is not installed at the Sheriff's office, Sheriffs can request access to the previous day's footage every 24 hours for review.
    5. Full Visibility: If election officials are not able to provide video surveillance to your office every 24 hours and / or they are unable to install camera equipment at every voting drop box location the opportunity for illegal activity is incredibly high. Sheriffs can secure the vote in their County! We are here to help. Please reach out to us for potential grants that may provide your office with equipment and resources. You can reach us at grants@protectamerica.vote
  2. National Election Integrity Hotline: Around the country, citizens are not sure what to do when they see activity at a polling location or drop box that may look suspicious. To help, ProtectAmerica.vote has activated a national election integrity hotline to give citizens a place to report possible suspicious voting activity. The number is: 855-585-2022.
    1. Spread the Word: We are asking Sheriffs around the country to share this new Election Integrity Hotline with the citizens in their county. Using social media Sheriffs can share this hotline with video posts and help secure our elections.
    2. Routing Calls to Sheriffs: We are asking Sheriffs around the country to share this new Election Integrity Hotline with the citizens in their county. Using social media Sheriffs can share this hotline with video posts and help secure our elections.
  3. Education: ProtectAmerica.vote will continue to develop public service campaigns to educate voters through television, online and radio.
    1. Education: Each state has different election laws that govern voter activity at the ballot box. We will help voters understand the rules in their state so they can be sure to follow all voting laws and be more aware of potential illegal activity they may observe. For example, in most states it’s a crime to drop multiple ballots in a voter drop box unless those ballots are for direct family members.
    2. Local Control: Sheriffs have control in their county. When other areas of government breakdown our local Sheriffs step in to make sure the law is enforced. Working with Sheriffs around the country we will raise attention in local communities and discourage law breakers from any organized effort to break voting laws.

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