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Election Protection: Keeping Calm and Carrying On
10/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 01:00

Donald Trump has not only challenged the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election, he has challenged many citizens’ right to vote. ...

But Trump’s threat to voting has galvanized state and local election officials and voting advocates across the political spectrum in a pushback against the most serious voter intimidation effort that the country has faced since the 1965 Voting Rights Act ended the routine denial of the franchise to Southern blacks. Republican secretaries of state from coast to coast have lambasted his remarks and pledged to maintain the integrity of the election process. At least one Republican secretary of state, Paul Pate of Iowa, took Trump’s comments as a personal insult. As Salon noted, it’s Republican secretaries of state who control the election process in most of the battleground states, so Trump did the party no favors....

Poll watching expected to spike over Trump claims of election rigging
10/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 02:00

Spurred by Donald Trump's insistence the November election is rigged and will be plagued by widespread voter fraud, Republican officials in Texas' largest counties are reporting a spike in the number of volunteers signing up to monitor polling places.

The boost in GOP poll watchers has stoked concerns about voter intimidation among civil rights groups and Democrats, which are planning to counter with teams of lawyers, election hotlines and volunteers to keep an eye on Republican monitors. ...

Harris County has had its controversy over Republican-led poll-watching activity in the past. In 2010, the county attorney requested a monitor from the U.S. Department of Justice observe the voting process after complaints surfaced of poll watchers "hovering" over voters, "getting in their face," and talking to election workers. ...

According to a newly issued handbook from the Texas Secretary of State's office, poll watchers are instructed to look for illegal activity that includes "election workers who allow voters to cast a regular ballot without presenting an acceptable form of ID or presenting a supporting form of ID and signing a reasonable impediment affidavit."

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