Thursday, September 22, 2016

GOP-Backed Poll-Watching Measure Sparks Voter Intimidation Fears In PA

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are trying to quickly push through a measure that would allow people from outside a Voting District to watch over voters.

The bill would take effect in time for this year’s Presidential election in a State where Trump has repeatedly claimed he will be the victim of Voter Fraud. He has provided no evidence to back that accusation.

The bill was being swiftly pushed through the State’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives. The bill would “allow Trump supporters from around the State to ‘watch’ over the polls in minority communities throughout the State.

On Wednesday, the bill was sent to the State’s Appropriations committee to determine how much it would cost to implement.

Pennsylvania Democrats warned that the measure could lead to Voter intimidation.
Poll watchers can intimidate voters by raising constant challenges at polling places.

“There’s actually a risk that, in a more disorganized way, people are going to be showing up to the polls, they won’t know the law, and they’ll be engaging in discriminatory challenges,” Adam Gitlin, Counsel for the Democracy Program of New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice. “That can create the potential for a lot of disruption, longer lines because each voter takes longer to vote and potentially discouraging and intimidating voters from coming to the polls.”

Trump and his supporters have repeatedly made allegations of voter fraud and called for volunteers to “Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!” “The only way we can lose, in my opinion, I really mean this, Pennsylvania, is if cheating goes on,” Trump claimed last month.

Advancement Project, a Civil Rights organization, has published a guide explaining what poll watchers are allowed to do, and what they’re not allowed to do, in Pennsylvania.

CLICK HERE to read the two page publication.

If you are challenged on Election Day, do NOT leave without voting. At the very least, vote a Provisional ballot.

In New York, Common Cause/New York is part of the Election Protection network. They run a nonpartisan, voter hotline with NYPIRG and trouble shoot at select poll sites. There is a Election Protection team: Poll Watchers, or answer phones at their hotline, and help your fellow New Yorkers exercise their right to vote.

CLICK HERE for more information about Common Cause/NY.

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