Threats and Harassment Dataset

Longitudinal Event Data

The Threats and Harassment Dataset (THD) is a first-of-its-kind public dataset capturing hostility against local officials in the United States. The longitudinal event-based data tracks the rate, frequency, types, and targets of threats and harassment faced by a wide range of local officials around the country, from elected officials at the municipal, county, and township level to appointed officials and election workers. The THD will be updated monthly to provide users with near-real-time data on the evolving threat and harassment landscape going into the election and beyond, in order to better support evidence-based decision-making to protect civic spaces.

Publications and Data Releases

BDI Launches Public Event-Level Dataset on Threats and Harassment Against Local Officials
April 11, 2024

Now publicly available and comprehensively coded, our first-of-its-kind dataset captures more than 750 events targeting a wide range of local officials – from elected leaders to poll workers – and will be updated monthly going into the 2024 election.

Threats and Harassment: Pilot Data Collection
Oct. 19, 2022

Threats and harassment against local officials present a significant challenge to American democracy by discouraging civic engagement, undermining the work of public servants, and creating unprecedented stress on the cornerstones of democratic society including elections, education, and public safety processes. A heightened environment of fear among local officials seems ubiquitous, but the data behind the phenomenon is opaque. This pilot project is the first of its kind – the beginning of an ongoing longitudinal study to systematically evaluate threat and harassment incidents across the United States using public event-level data.

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The dataset is currently updated through June 2024.

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UTH Consortium

The THD is made possible by the UTH consortium. Current members of the consortium include the Anti-Defamation League, the Brennan Center for Justice, CivicPulse, the Prosecution Project, the National League of Cities, and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, among others. BDI regularly works to expand data contributions to address gaps in coverage. If you believe your organization has relevant data to contribute, please reach out to [email protected].

The project is supported by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and generous flexible support from BDI’s core funders, following essential start-up funds from the Anti-Defamation League and Stand Together Trust.