In some states, police officers are allowed inside polling places.Voters can report harassment and intimidation incidents to the police, who are subject to voter intimidation laws.Reader Steve e-mails: “Just after noon, Fox News reported that two black panthers were at one location in Philadelphia “guarding” the doorway to a polling station.
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In addition, voters can report intimidation to county poll workers, the county clerk, elections officials, local and state officials, or the state board of elections.
Six generally prevent guns in polling places (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas).
Four others prohibit concealed-carry guns in polling places (Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina).
In Arizona, the secretary of state’s office released a long list last week describing illegal intimidating conduct, including blocking the entrance to a polling place, disrupting voting lines, raising one’s voice or taunting a voter or poll worker, or photographing or filming voters in a harassing manner.
The state also counts any aggressive display of weapons; using threatening, insulting or offensive language to a voter or poll worker; intentionally disseminating false information at a polling place; and directly confronting or asking voters for “documentation” or other questions that only poll workers should perform.“Discouraging anyone from having their voice be heard in the electoral process — whether by intimidation, suppression or deception — is absolutely unacceptable and wrong,” Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro A. “Any attempts to disrupt or interfere with voting by Pennsylvanians should and will be investigated and prosecuted by law enforcement.” Individuals who intimidate voters can be fined up to ,000 and face up to two years in prison, according to Pennsylvania law.Under federal law, a person who conspires to interfere with a person’s right to vote can face up to 10 years in prison.On the eve of Election Day, civil rights groups and local election officials were reminding voters of the state and federal laws protecting against voter intimidation and advising them where to go if they experience threats or harassment at the polls. Other examples include falsely presenting oneself as an elections official and spreading false information about voter requirements, such as the need to present a certain type of photo identification when there is no such requirement, according to the ACLU.Anyone trying to keep a person from voting or to get them to vote a certain way constitutes voter intimidation, according to Election Protection, a nonpartisan voting rights coalition. Shouting and abusive language is also considered intimidation, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.That citizen called police (he was interviewed by the Philly correspondent for Fox).