Fears Of Voter Intimidation And Suppression As Election Day Nears
It’s not just restrictive laws voters have to worry about.
Several conservative grassroots organizations like True the Vote, a Tea Party group, used voter fraud concerns as a reason to challenge students’ and minorities’ voting rights throughout the country. For example, in June, True the Vote volunteers harassed students during Wisconsin’s recall election by citing concerns that students were violating a state photo ID bill that was already blocked by two judges.
In recent months True the Vote has also challenged thousands of voting registrations, and held rallies across the country to train and recruit so-called poll watchers.
“We are concerned with non-professional, self-appointed poll watchers and the kind of environment that will be created when non-professionals are questioning the eligibility of other voters,” said Myrna Perez, Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center.
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