Put a point in the “clean election” column. The conservative voter suppression group True the Vote just got shut down in one county in the swing state of Ohio. Responding to allegations of fraud and voter suppression, the Franklin County Board of Elections revoked poll-watching credentials of True the Vote agents today.
The group’s poll-watcher applications “were not properly filed and our voting location managers were instructed not to honor any appointment on behalf of the True the Vote group,” Franklin County Board of Elections spokesperson Ben Pisctelli said in a statement.
Charges surfaced yesterday that True the Vote agents falsified the necessary requirements to apply for poll-watcher status, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Poll-watchers need to recruit six endorsements from candidates running for office, and some of those names appeared to be forged on True the Vote observer applications. Franklin County Elections Director William A. Anthony Jr. said that True the Vote may be investigated for possibly falsifying these documents.
A little known election fact: In 46 states, any citizen can challenge another citizen’s right to vote. But it’s rarely happened, until now. This year, Ohio’s Hamilton County alone received 1,077 citizen challenges of voters, reported ABC News. Do you want to bet that most of those people aren’t registered Republicans?
The Columbus Dispatch also reported that someone who attended a True the Vote training session said the group is advising poll observers to intimidate voters by taking their picture, writing their name down, and intervening in other ways to “attempt to stop” people from voting. True the Vote (which operates as The Voter Integrity Project in Ohio) also has received wide-spread criticism for targeting polls in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
Similar voter suppression efforts are taking place in swing states across the nation. Concerned citizens in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County complained that people were stopping voters outside the polls to ask them for identification. The complaints led an Allegheny County judge to issue an order stating:
Individuals outside the polls are prohibited from questioning, obstructing, interrogating or asking about any form of identification and/demanding any form of identification from any prospective voter.
PLEASE VOTE TODAY AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME (POLLING HOURS AND LOCATIONS).
CALL THE VOTER HOTLINE AT 1-866-OUR-VOTE IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS.
Here are some more hard-to-deny examples of Republican-led voter suppression:
- Ohio election officials cutting early voting hours in Dem-heavy areas
- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted defying a court ruling in order to suppress Democratic turnout
- The unprosecuted case of a GOP agent trashing Democratic voter registrations in Virginia
- Florida’s Republican Governor purging voters from the rolls
- Forged voter registration documents that known GOP election rigger Nathan Sproul’s firm submitted in Florida.