“The Trump campaign has been videotaping Philadelphia voters while they deposit their ballots in drop boxes, leading Pennsylvania’s attorney general to warn this week that the campaign’s actions fall outside of permitted poll watching practices and could amount to illegal voter intimidation.”
How did the attorney general in Pennsylvania, who, it’s worth noting, is a Democrat, become aware of this surveillance effort? The Trump campaign, of course, which filed a complaint that alleged they had caught several people on camera casting multiple ballots.
Which is not illegal! According to Pennsylvania law, a third party can drop off the ballots of someone else if that person is disabled or not able to deliver the ballot on their own.
The surveillance of drop-off boxes by Trump campaign officials (and volunteers) is in keeping with the President’s repeated insistence that mail-in balloting is inherently corrupt and his urgings that those supportive of him need to serve as self-appointed vote monitors.
Trump seemed to suggest that he was fine with self-appointed vote monitors during an August interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
The Point: Democracy works best when everyone eligible to vote gets to vote. Scare tactics and intimidation hampers that from happening. We should all stand against that.
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