Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Detroit – The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by gun-carrying individuals “watching” the polls, police and prosecutors will be contacted. They point to President Donald Trump’s encouragement of a far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by” and his calls for an army of “poll watchers” to keep tabs on polling places as reasons to be vigilant. Other voting rights advocates around the U.S. have similar concerns heading into next Tuesday’s presidential election that anti-government extremists and other armed civilians may stand outside polling places in urban areas and other communities where people of color cast their ballots. “We’re not police officers, but we have eyes and we have ears,” said Chui Karega, a lawyer and general counsel for the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “We will stand tall and we will be present to assist in the enforcing of the law.” “We will be virtually at every polling place in this city, in this county, in this state – making sure that if anything happens, anything goes wrong, anybody starts brandishing a weapon we will be there,” he added. “And we will act within the full authority of the law to prosecute these people to stop their actions and […]

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