October 30, 2010

A Quick Note On Texas Poll Watchers Standing Behind Voters

From the incredibly ignorant Ed Schultz, we get this little bit of hysteria.

As Election Day nears, the innumerable accusations of voter intimidation only seem to multiply, and while many dismiss accusations of aggression at the polls as right-wing propaganda, many liberals seem equally fearful of threats of violence. Take MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, for example, who is accusing a Texas Tea Party group of “sending out their goons to stand directly behind voters,” among other violations.

“Tea Party groups,” he told his audience on The Ed Show this Friday, “[are] sending out their goons to stand directly behind voters… trying to scare Democrats from going to the polls.”

I wonder if Ed has bothered to read this document. In it is an explanation of what may be going on in some of those instances he is discussing -- and if so, then the poll watchers are acting in accord with their legally defined role under the laws of the state of Texas, as explained by the Texas Secretary of State's office.


The problem in some early voting locations (and in some regular polling places) is that they are located in pretty tight quarters, which may result in the poll watchers being directly behind another voter -- or even watching to see that a vote is being cast as the voter directs.

Now other than voting on the first day of early voting, I've had nothing to do with early voting. But I will be running my local polling place on election day, so I've been keeping up with what poll watchers may or may not do. I just thought it might be worthwhile to share a little bit of knowledge with the rest of you. -- after all, sometimes there is less than meets the eye to liberal scare stories.

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I was a poll watcher in Harris County on election day during the 2008 Presidential election...and I can tell you that poll watchers are only allowed to observe. There is no coercion involved. You have to stand or sit well away from the voting machines. I stood there and watched what appeared to be extensive voter fraud...but you can only silently watch. Only when the election judge insisted that one of the election workers give a women 2 voting numbers...totally illegal....was I allowed to call someone, and then they decided not to continue doing it. There were over votes, and they "lost" me on purpose during the drive to turn in the machines at the end of the night....The cheating going on in this one small location was beyond the pale... I have several other hair raising stories from that same election regarding improper ballots. For liberals to be going on so about voter intimidation is an attempt at distraction and deflection!! This cheating and election tampering has got to stop...and people need to be aware of it and make sure that it does not continue!

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