Report: Far-right social media users claim they will work on polls
Election officials were on the alert in this regard potential for insider threats derived from surveyed workers. Several Republican candidates and local officials, particularly in Michigan, encouraged their supporters to become pollsters and or touching the equipment or enter cell phones or notepads document the votes cast or counted to try to catch any alleged malpractice at the polling stations.
POLITICO previously reported that the push by key conservative groups to track down poll workers and observers worked in part to create a record that would challenge the results after the fact. John Eastman, the lawyer who led Trump’s failed attempt to release legitimate election results, he told activists in New Mexico filing complaints as a basis for litigation. And an activist group in Michigan he told potential pollsters and observers to call the police with complaints during the election.
In late September, the Kent County, Mich., chief elections official announced that a pollster during the summer primary allegedly inserted a USB drive into an electronic ballot book containing a list of registered voters for a polling place. Although officials at the time did not attribute any motivation to that poll worker — who was eventually charged with a pair of felonies — the ADI report alleges that the poll worker was part of a local Tea Party discussion group called “Citizens for Election Fraud Revision.”
Kent County Election Officials completed the audit last month which concluded that the alleged tampering had no effect on the results during the primaries.
Many posters in ADI publicly report plans to violate election rules, including bringing hidden cameras into polling stations. (POLITICO could not independently confirm the identity of the anonymous posters on the pages, or their status as pollsters.)
“I’m going to try to get a hidden camera with a large memory card to record all day in the Las Vegas area. Really looking forward to seeing what happens,” read one post on Gettr from someone claiming to work on surveys.
Another poster claimed to have worked the August primary in Palm Beach, Fla., writing the blow-by-blow of their day. The user claims that “the process is relatively smooth”, before citing the possibility of fraud when they submit their ballots at the end of the day.
Election officials have emphasized publicly that insider threats emanating from pollsters have, at least so far, been relatively isolated incidents and that there did not appear to be a widespread epidemic of bad actors ahead of the election.
They add that there are safeguards in place to prevent any individual worker – or even a small group – from changing the outcome of an election, even though they could disrupt the process for individual voters or in a single unit.
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