DOJ charges, arrests Texas man for making threats to Georgia election officials

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — The Justice Department’s Elections Threat Task Force has a arrested a Texas man for allegedly sending death threats to election officials in the State of Georgia.

Chad Stark, 54, of Leander, Texas was taken into custody by the FBI Friday morning at his Travis County home. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in an Austin, Texas federal court Friday afternoon. He’s charged with one count of communicating interstate threats. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail.

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According to the indictment, Justice officials said Stark allegedly posted a message to Craigslist on Jan. 5, 2021 offering $10,000 for someone in Georgia to kill multiple unnamed Georgia elections officials. The names of those officials were take out of the statement by the Justice Department.

“Georgia Patriots it’s time for us to take back our state from these Lawless treasonous traitors. It’s time to invoke our Second Amendment right it’s time to put a bullet in the treasonous Chinese [Official A]. Then we work our way down to [Official B] the local and federal corrupt judges,” the Indictment said.

The statement asked Militia to step up and “spill blood” while referencing election officials within the state.

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“Today’s arrest confirms the FBI’s commitment in our pursuit of justice against those who choose to threaten violence against anyone participating in our elections,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Election workers striving to protect our right to a fair and democratic process deserve nothing less than the utmost safety and assurance they can accomplish their roles without interference. The FBI will continue to focus on our mission of protecting these individuals and the important work they do, as well as every American’s right to vote.”

“The Justice Department has a responsibility not only to protect the right to vote, but also to protect those who administer our voting systems from violence and illegal threats of violence,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. “The department’s Election Threats Task Force, working with partners across the country, will hold accountable those who violate federal law by using violence or threatening violence to target election workers fulfilling their public duties.”

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The case is the first one made by the Election Threats Task Force, which was launched in late June 2021. Their mission is to address threats of violence against election workers and ensure that they are able to do their jobs without being threatened or intimidated.

They are asking anyone who wants to report a suspected threat or violent act to contact their local FBI office and ask to speak with the Election Crimes Coordinator. You can also submit a tip to the FBI website.