WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH POLL WATCHERS?
The marketing campaign of President Donald Trump says Republican ballot watchers are being improperly denied entry to watch the counting of ballots. Not so, say election officers in key battleground states, who mentioned guidelines are being adopted and they’re dedicated to transparency.
WHAT IS A POLL WATCHER, ANYWAY?
Somebody who screens voting or poll counting.
Tasked this yr with monitoring a file variety of mail ballots, partisan ballot watchers are designated by a political get together or marketing campaign to report any considerations they could have. With a couple of experiences of overly aggressive ballot watchers, election officers mentioned they have been rigorously balancing entry with the necessity to decrease disruptions.
Ballot watchers have been a central ingredient of authorized battles which have erupted in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada. Whereas counting was largely completed in Michigan, the work continued Thursday in Pennsylvania and Nevada, the place a slim margin separated Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
Monitoring polling locations and election places of work is allowed in most states, however guidelines differ and there are particular limits to keep away from any harassment or intimidation. Screens will not be allowed to intrude with the conduct of the election and are sometimes required to register prematurely with the native election workplace.
“I’m pleased with how clear and safe our course of has been. I do know that the reality is on our facet right here.” — Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s prime election official and a Democrat.
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