Election Day Should Go Swimmingly in Some Parts of the Country

August 22, 2016 1:01 p.m.

I wanted to flag this from election law expert Rick Hasen.

It’s just one guy on Twitter. But it’s a good example of the kind of election day (and early election) harassment and voter intimidation Trump is already stirring up with his repeated false claims about ‘voter fraud’ and a rigged election.

When Trump put out a call for supporters to monitor polling places, some incredibly naive people said: But what all campaign have poll monitors. What’s the issue?

It’s true most precincts have a Democratic and Republican observer on hand. But at least on the Democratic side and in modern years usually on the GOP side these observers operate with a strict set of guidelines that keeps them within the bounds of election law. Do we think Trump’s most rabid supporters are interested in that kind of ‘observing’ which allows no harassment of voters? And do we think the Trump campaign has anything remotely like the infrastructure it takes any legitimate campaign from either party to learn the rules for doing this.

I think this news from @JackBGood1 probably answers that question sufficiently.

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