Poll watching is legal in Utah, but must stay within rules

Poll watching is legal in Utah, but must stay within rules

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The integrity of the upcoming election is already being questioned. In the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump told voters to keep an eye out on election day: "Go into the polls and watch very carefully.” The president is gathering thousands of poll watchers for what he calls an " Army for Trump " and the Biden/Harris campaign is recruiting their own group of poll observers. When President Trump said to watch the polls, people took that statement a number of ways. Poll watching is something already built into Utah Code and anyone can do it, but you have to go about it the right way. Your role is limited to just that — watching. Some Utahns say they worry that the increase in political distrust could lead to some people taking election watching to an extreme. Julie Nelson, a Utah voter said, "Yeah, and I think that they’re the same people who probably carry guns." Poll watching is legal in Utah but must stay within rules (Photo: KUTV) While most expect a smooth election day, some expect problems. Chase Larson, a Utah voter said, I’ve heard them say stuff like this is the first time I’ve ever considered getting a gun to protect myself at polling stations. After President Trump’s comments in the first debate, a group of constitutional lawyers made a Utah fact sheet about what can and can’t happen at your polling site, saying that untrained poll watchers could turn into […]

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