Call for Poll Watchers

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Poll Watchers will be needed throughout the country, and most importantly in the states that have experienced gerrymandering and purges of voter rolls.  The 2018 election is vulnerable to foreign and domestic manipulation!

Jennifer Cohn, an Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate in Protect your Voter Registration .

  • Volunteer as a poll observer: Call your County or State Party (Democratic, Republican, etc) as soon as possible to get training to be an Election Day poll observer/watcher. Counties never have enough observers & this must change in November!

  • Take photos of the “poll tapes” (printouts listing the vote totals) when the polls close so that the poll tape totals can be compared to the official vote total. If they don’t match, this may indicate a glitch or hack and can be used in an election challenge.Taking photos of the poll tapes is also important to ensure that machines haven’t been hacked or malfunctioned to delete certain races from their totals.

  • Oversee the preparation — and take photos — of the chain of custody documents for equipment, paper ballots and paper audit trails. This creates accountability that makes it less likely for equipment, ballots, or audit trails to disappear.

  • Monitor problems during voting.

  • Take photos of the “poll tapes” (printouts listing the vote totals) when the polls close so that the poll tape totals can be compared to the official vote total. If they don’t match, this may indicate a glitch or hack and can be used in an election challenge. Taking photos of the poll tapes is also important to ensure that machines haven’t been hacked or malfunctioned to delete certain races from their totals.

  • Oversee the preparation — and take photos — of the chain of custody documents for equipment, paper ballots and paper audit trails. This creates accountability that makes it less likely for equipment, ballots, or audit trails to disappear.

  • Watch & record results on the Secretary of State or County websites throughout the night. “Take screenshots, save them as you go, and include a timestamp in the filename when you do. Those web results also have a way of changing, sometimes in the wrong direction, throughout the night. Your evidence could help save an election.” via http://bradblog.com/?p=10915

Partisan Observers are at work in virtually every state. Often called “poll watchers” or “poll challengers,” partisan volunteers have been deployed since well before 1934, when Joseph P. Harris wrote the seminal book Election Administration in the United States. A salient quote: “It is generally believed that the honesty of elections is safe-guarded by having, at the polls, representatives of the several political parties as official watchers and challengers.” In short, if both parties watch, stealing an election is harder. Partisan watchers still serve much the same function today.

Who/what is a poll watcher and why do states allow them?

The general idea behind poll watchers is that they help promote transparency and openness — not through their actions so much as by simply being in the room. Most states (and the District of Columbia) allow at least some kind of observer in polling places, but the rules for how poll watchers are picked (and by whom) vary from state to state.

Most importantly, poll watchers are not just individuals who show up at the precinct on Election Day; virtually every jurisdiction requires that official poll watchers be identified and approved in advance—usually at least two weeks beforehand. And to avoid conflicts of interest or the potential for implicit intimidation, most states do not allow otherwise eligible law enforcement officers or state officials to serve as poll watchers.

A Guide for Poll Watchers – Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder

Poll Watchers are people interested in elections who are entitled to
observe polling place operations. However, Poll Watchers may not disrupt
the election process or interfere with a voter’s right to cast a secret ballot.
Poll Watchers often represent candidates, political campaigns and/or
organizations.