CBS: Trump’s request for Proud Boy ‘Poll Watchers” a Federal Crime

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At the first presidential debate Tuesday evening, President Trump encouraged his supporters to monitor Election Day polling places for instances of fraud.

“I am encouraging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen — I am urging them to do it,” Mr. Trump said during the chaotic inaugural debate held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The president continued, “There was a big problem, in Philadelphia they went in to watch, they’re called poll watchers, very safe very nice thing — they were thrown out, they weren’t allowed to watch,” he said, adding, “You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia, bad things.”

Poll watchers are observers who are typically paid workers of a government organization — such as state parties, the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee — who observe polling places for potential issues. Every state has different parameters, but watchers usually must be registered to vote in whatever state or county in which they’re operating.

Each state also has different rules and regulations for the number of poll watchers per precinct, who can be a poll watcher, and what they are allowed to do. The so-called poll watchers referenced by Mr. Trump were not approved, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. In fact, no poll watchers from the Trump campaign, the Republican Party, or other Republican campaigns have been certified to monitor in the city.

And poll watchers don’t have the same rights at satellite locations as they do at traditional polling places on Election Day.

“We don’t give someone a poll watcher certificate to … watch somebody fill out their ballot at their kitchen table,” Al Schmidt, a Republican, and one of the city commissioners who runs elections told the Inquirer.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. After watching ‘Intersection’ and their findings on what makes a terrorist, it is very obvious what the POTUS (Piece Of Turd of The United States) is doing. He is calling out registered terrorist groups and inciting Terrorists to act. Certainly a Federal crime that goes beyond his 1st Amendment rights.

  2. Poll watchets…what is it that they can actually see? They cannot check to see if one is actually registered or not or not an American citizen or not BUT what they do see and why they are allowed legally to be there is they can easily see the color of ones skin!!
    nd so election day the poll watchers will be armedo to the teeth proud boys types in fatigues, intimidating and provoking blacks and Mexicans coming to the polls… Maybe shooting a few who naturally will give them the finger.