Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Friday allegedly descended on a polling station in Houston to “encourage” people to vote for President Barack Obama, Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich reports.
Poll watcher Eve Rockford, who was trained by True the Vote, claims three people wearing NAACP labeled clothing showed and started handing out bottled water to people waiting in line. After that, they started “stirring up the crowd,” at one point even mentioning flying people to Ohio to promote the president.
Surprised by what she was seeing, Rockford notified Polling Supervisor Rose Cochran.
"I went to the polling supervisor and let her know that it was not appropriate that they were in the building handing out water. She ignored me. I repeated my statement. She told me that she would handle it,” Rockford said in an incident report released True the Vote.
“She did nothing. I then went to the assistant supervisor and he stood up, walked over to another table and then sat down. I then walked into the waiting room and they were reloading another dolly with more cases of water," the statement adds.
Things got worse from there, according to the incident report.
The three NAACP members started picking people out line and moving them to the front, cutting off everyone else. Eventually, voters became frustrated with this behavior and started complaining. However, despite their complaints, Rockford says she received a phone call from downtown telling her to “stand down.”
“All of the sudden one of the clerks, Dayan Cohen, said that someone wanted to speak to me on the phone. It was someone from downtown. I got on the phone and she said she was from downtown and that I needed to stand down and that it was okay for the NAACP to be within 100 ft. and they could hand out water,” Rockford said.
“I told her that the NAACP was inside the building, wearing the NAACP clothing and caps and were handing out water and moving people from the back of the lines to the front of the lines,” she added.
Pavlich provides the rest of the shocking details:
At this point, NAACP members were instructed to turn their clothing inside out, which they refused to do and said they weren’t going to stop their actions inside the polling place. Their behavior and actions to move people to the front of the line continued for the rest of the evening. Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner, a former Texas NAACP leader, was also seen outside the building talking with voters.
Bottom Line: “The NAACP basically ran this poll location and the judges did nothing about it,” Rockford said.
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