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Poll Watchers 'True the Vote' Thrown Out Of Columbus, Ohio

“...a final, desperate attempt to deny citizens their right to observe elections.”

The anti-voter fraud organization "True the Vote" has been unceremoniously kicked to the curb in its efforts to observe the voting process in Columbus, Ohio, according to a story posted by the Washington Post:

Local volunteers with the tea party-linked organization True the Vote were rejected as poll watchers by county officials Tuesday amid questions about how the volunteer applied to monitor the polls.

Ohio law allows permits groups of at least five candidates to assign poll observers, but candidates backing the group withdrew their support when charges surfaced Monday that candidate names had been falsified or copied on forms requesting observer status, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, told the Dispatch that the rejection was “a final, desperate attempt to deny citizens their right to observe elections.”[...]

People who complained to the Franklin County Board of Elections about the group said True the Vote volunteers were told at recent training sessions to use cameras to intimidate voters when they enter the polling place, record their names on tablet computers and attempt to stop questionably qualified voters before they could get to a voting machine, the Dispatch reported.

The Dispatch story records several other irregularities in voting in the crucial swing area of the crucial swing state. True the Vote's rejection is the second rejection of right-leaning poll watchers noted today, after Philadelphia judges initially attempted to keep GOP poll watchers out of Philadelphia polling places. This decision was later reversed.

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