Republicans do anything but fight fair, and if they know they will get a run for their money, they will pull out the dirtiest tricks in the book to win an election. This can be seen more than ever during the 2018 midterm elections because conservatives know that they are very close to losing control of the House of Representatives.
Now, reports of voter intimidation at Texas polling stations have hit the interwebs, and the news is only fueling the liberal fire that will cause the blue wave of cleansing that the American government so desperately needs.
According to the Dallas County Election Administrator, this is the worst case of voter intimidation that this country has seen in a very long time:
“I’ve been here for 30 years, and this harassment that’s going on, I haven’t ever seen the likes of this. I’ve seen some other things, props being used and whatnot, but nothing like this type of mentality or aggressiveness or demeaning type of actions.”
The Dallas Morning News reports:
“Texas law requires that any form of electioneering — including passing out political literature or advocating for or against candidates or issues — can only occur more than 100 feet outside a polling location. Within that distance, poll workers can kick people out for causing a disturbance. When the nuisance is farther away, Pippins-Poole instructs her poll workers to call law enforcement.”
Toni Pippins-Poole is the county’s election director says the suspects have not been found, but “poll greeters at Dallas’ Lochwood Library reported being “harassed” and “verbally abused” and described a person with a bullhorn driving by yelling about “baby killers,” according to a tweet by the Texas Civil Rights Project, an organization tracking voting-related issues in the state. Despite notifying law enforcement, Pippins-Poole said the person has not been identified and the reports of harassment are ongoing,” according to the report.
At the Richardson Civic Center in #DallasCo an individual has been harassing and yelling at voters as they wait in line, and women of color are being targeted for sexist harassment. pic.twitter.com/MhqsUMhLKp
— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) October 24, 2018
Professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, Cal Jillson said this:
“If you are a first time voter — say a young voter or a minority voter, a newly enfranchised Hispanic citizen voting for the first time — and you have some aggressive white guy yelling at you as you walk in, it might have a negative effect. It’s meant to dissuade people from voting.”
Texas’ Secretary of State Rolando Pablos agreed, saying:
“We strongly condemn harassment of Texas voters in any form or fashion. We encourage Texans to make their voices heard at the ballot box, and to be respectful and courteous to other voters wishing to do the same.”