Warnings in Michigan, Minnesota over guns at polling places on Election Day

Warnings in Michigan, Minnesota over guns at polling places on Election Day

U.S. Legal News (Reuters) – An election official and civil rights groups in two U.S. states that will play a key role in November’s presidential election gave warnings on Tuesday about the potential for armed civilians at polling places sparking violence or intimidating voters. "I Voted" stickers for people who cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential elections are seen as early voting begins in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S., September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Michigan’s top election official said state police will enforce a ban on people openly carrying firearms near polling places on Election Day, Nov. 3. In Minnesota, civil rights groups sued to block efforts by a private security company to deploy armed polling monitors, labeling the effort voter intimidation. November’s election, one of the most bitterly contested in living U.S. history, could set the stage for a clash between the robust American traditions of free speech and gun rights, following a series of incidents at this year’s wave of anti-racism protests. Republican President Donald Trump, who trails in most national polls behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden, has cast doubt on the election result, calling it “rigged” and warning supporters to watch for fraud. Nonpartisan election experts have dismissed his claims about voter fraud as far-fetched and denounced calls for illegal voter intimidation. Trump lost Minnesota by fewer than 2 percentage points in 2016 and won Michigan by a fraction of a percentage point. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a directive on Friday banning the […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.