I was doing some research for a future post and stumbled across this little nugget (below). I thought it should get out there sooner than the full post, because it looks like some evil is afoot.
Speaking of elections, this tidbit came to me from Cathy Keim of Election Integrity Maryland. It’s “even better than being a poll watcher” and it goes right to the heart of the problem.
>I asked Anthony Gutierrez, our local BOE head, if you have to be registered in the county that you serve as an election judge. He said no. As long as you are a Maryland registered voter, you can be an election judge in any county that hires you. He also stated that Baltimore has a terrible time recruiting enough Republican and non-partisan election judges. The goal is to have one chief judge from each major party at each polling place. If they cannot do that, then they try to get a non-partisan judge. If they can’t do that……then it just has to be two of the same party! This holds for regular judges also.
>Being an election judge is even better than being a poll watcher as you are actually running the election. Please bring this up to the GOP that they need to be filling these positions in Baltimore and PG County and maybe other counties. I know that this is a regular problem, so the GOP should already be aware of it, but it never hurts to get people working on a solution sooner rather than later.
In Wicomico County we only have about 38 precincts, so presumably they only need 38 election judges from each party. But if you’re armed with the poll watcher training and are an election judge in a “problem” county it’s indeed possible to give the Democrats fits by insisting the letter of the law be followed.
This is a statement from a representative of Election Integrity Maryland, an affiliate of or heavily inspired by True the Vote. Read this part again to get that chill going down your spine: “Being an election judge is even better than being a poll watcher as you are actually running the election.”
The Voter ID issue is the tip of the iceberg. Antics at polling places may end up disenfranchising more voters. The law in most states allows plenty of wiggle room for activists to be able impede the vote. In a coming post, I’ll provide a peek at the laws and some hypothetical scenarios that could play out in some of the swing states. Let that quote be a hint that one side already knows where the loopholes are.