A Nebraska man was today sentenced to 18 months in prison for posting multiple threatening posts on an Instagram page linked to an election official.
“This sentence makes it clear that those who illegally threaten poll workers face significant penalties,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The Justice Department will not hesitate to hold accountable those whose unlawful threats of violence endanger the officials who administer our elections.”
According to court records, Travis Ford, 42, of Lincoln, threatened an election official, including: “Feel safe? You shouldn’t. Do you think Soros will/can protect you?” and “Your security detail is far too flimsy and incompetent to protect you. This world is unpredictable these days…anything can happen to anyone.” Ford also posted similar messages on Instagram pages linked to the President of the United States and another public figure.
“Make no mistake, threatening election officials is a serious attack on our democratic process,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Today’s verdict proves that the FBI and our partners will stand up to anyone who tries to intimidate campaign workers for doing their jobs. The American electoral system is secure and we are committed to keeping it that way.”
The Denver Field Office was investigating the case with the assistance of the Omaha Field Office.
Trial Attorney Jonathan E. Jacobson of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Division and Assistant US Attorney Tessie L. Smith for the District of Nebraska prosecuted the case. Former Assistant US Attorney Aaron M. Teitelbaum and Assistant US Attorney Cyrus Y. Chung for the District of Colorado provided significant assistance.
This case is part of the Justice Department’s Election Threats Task Force. The task announced by Attorney General Garland and launched by Assistant Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco in June 2021…