Election 2016

Pennsylvania Judge Denies the State GOP’s Request for Poll Watchers

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Under Pennsylvania state law, you cannot dispatch observers from one precinct to another to monitor voting. This prevents scenarios such as white observers from one area of the state traveling to a black neighborhood to monitor and potentially intimidate voters.

The state Republican party filed a motion in court to open up statewide monitoring, but they were denied by a state judge this morning.

"Any intervention at this point risks practical concerns including disruption, confusion or other unforeseen deleterious effects," [Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Gerald J. Pappert] wrote. "Plaintiffs waited until eighteen days before the election to bring this case. ... Were the Court to enter the requested injunction, poll watchers would be allowed to roam the Commonwealth on election day for the first time in the Election Code's seventy-nine year history — giving the Commonwealth and county election officials all of five days' notice to prepare for the change."

You can probably add this to the list of things Republican will fight in courts and state legislatures over the next four to eight years. I also expect they will make another push to eliminate early voting in other states (Pennsylvania doesn't have early voting).

Once the voter ID canard runs its course or is ultimately unsuccessful, they will try to find new ways to suppress voters.

  • Scopedog

    You would think that with all the efforts to intimidate voters and suppress the vote that the cries of “Voting doesn’t matter!” that come from some on the far Left would stop (see Chris Hedges, f’r instance).

    I mean, if voting didn’t matter, the GOP wouldn’t bother with this crap, right? Right?

  • muselet

    Were the Court to enter the requested injunction, poll watchers would be allowed to roam the Commonwealth on election day for the first time in the Election Code’s seventy-nine year history — giving the Commonwealth and county election officials all of five days’ notice to prepare for the change.

    Congratulations to Gerald Pappert for cracking the code.

    This motion wasn’t really about vote monitoring, it was about throwing the election into chaos and confusion, so the GOP could justify to everyone else restricting voting rights in the future.

    I know I’ve said it before, but I really miss sane Republicans.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    This. This should be the “YEAH, BUT E-MAILS!!!…” of 2016. Not “E-mails.

    The two question I wish the media would harass the GOP with is:

    1) Don’t you think you might actually win more votes from non white voters if you actually tried to compete for them?

    2) If a political party devoted itself to preventing you from voting, would you vote for them?

  • Georgie