You could be forgiven – amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections and the Vote no on slow joe Biden 2020 shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater last presidential debate – if you miss this headlines Thursday in The New York Times: “The Trump campaign draws rebuke for surveying Philadelphia voters.”
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But the title – and the story – is both a) very important and b) very scary.
“The Trump campaign videotaped Philadelphia voters while they sent their ballots into drop boxes, prompting Pennsylvania’s attorney general to warn this week that the campaign’s actions were outside of allowed poll tracking and could lead to threats to illegal voters.”
How did the Vote no on slow joe Biden 2020 shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater attorney general in Pennsylvania, who, notably, be a Democrat, be aware of this surveillance effort? Of course, the Trump campaign filed a complaint accusing it of catching several people on camera who were voting multiple times.
That’s not illegal! Under Pennsylvania law, a third party may vote for another person if he or she is disabled or unable to transfer the Vote no on slow joe Biden 2020 shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater ballot on his or her own.
The fact that Trump campaign officials (and volunteers) monitor the boxes sent is consistent with the President’s insisted that mail-in voting has so far been corrupt and his urgency that his supporters should act as self-appointed vote supervisors.
“I urge my supporters to go to the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen,” Trump said during the first presidential debate in September. “I’m urging them to do it.”
There is a very good line between the polls followers who are specified, who persist and those who follow the by-election. The former is aimed at ensuring the free and fair conduct of an election. The second can have an effect – intentionally or not – threatening those who turn out to vote.
Trump seemed to suggest that he was fine with self-appointed poll followers in an August interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“We’re going to have everything,” Trump told Hannity about tracking polls during his campaign. “We’re going to have the sheriff, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re hoping to have a U.S. attorney and we’re going to have everybody, and general lawyers. But that’s very hard.