Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Poll watchers warned in Mississippi
The Hill ^ | 6-24-14 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 06/24/2014 5:21:21 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

State officials in Mississippi are warning groups backing state Sen. Chris McDaniel that their efforts to organize poll watchers for Tuesday's runoff might be illegal.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the underdog in his primary runoff fight with McDaniel, has been pushing African-American and Democratic voters to turn out for him on Tuesday to try to expand his share of the vote.

Under state law, Democrats who did not vote in the first primary round are allowed to vote in the GOP runoff, but conservatives backing McDaniel have argued the law prevents voters from supporting a candidate in the primary that they don’t plan to back in the general election — making Cochran’s push potentially illegal.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots are deploying poll watchers Tuesday trained to “observe whether the law is being followed," an adviser to the effort told The New York Times.

But Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R) are charging the effort by the trio of conservative groups might be illegal.

In a release, they point to a section in state law allowing for just one poll watcher appointed by each candidate on the ballot, and argue that “there is no authority in state law for a PAC or other outside group to place ‘election observers’ in Mississippi polling places.”

The law also allows very narrow opportunities for observers to challenge a person’s ballot — “only if the voter openly declares he does not intend to support the nominee” in the general election.

Their offices are deploying their own poll watchers to keep an eye on Tuesday's proceedings.

The contentious nature of the runoff battle between McDaniel and Cochran has tempers flaring in Mississippi, and the flood of out-of-state media, activists and officials to polling places Tuesday is likely to add to the pressure-cooker atmosphere in the state.

And Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said he was concerned about how the poll watchers may reflect on the GOP, if they take liberties with their proposed duties and are seen as racially profiling voters.

"I’ve talked to almost every lawyer with a bar number in Mississippi about the law I just mentioned, and one thing that seems to be clear is it's nearly unenforceable. So the last thing that I want is a bunch of out of state people questioning randomly, or worse, people who are trying to vote today," he said in an interview with MSNBC host Chuck Todd.

McDaniel has led in nearly every survey of the runoff, but the outcome of such a rare election is difficult to predict. Democrats are hoping those polls are correct, however, as they're running former Rep. Travis Childers in the race in hopes of taking advantage of what they see as a weak nominee in McDaniel, if he wins.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: clubforgrowth; cochran; mcdaniel; ms2014; pollwatchers

1 posted on 06/24/2014 5:21:21 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

“LET US STEAL THE ELECTION AND SHUT UP!”

At the very least, MSM will play the race card if their RINO loses.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 5:22:30 PM PDT by TigerClaws
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

Its illegal to stop Haley Barbour’s fraud. The man belongs in a federal prison for the Favre pardon stunt alone


3 posted on 06/24/2014 5:22:46 PM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

>> Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said he was concerned about how the poll watchers may reflect on the GOP

The GOP-e jokes write themselves.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 5:24:46 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
...“there is no authority in state law for a PAC or other outside group to place ‘election observers’ in Mississippi polling places.”...

If they are not specifically prohibited by law, there should not be any problem with watchers not affiliated with any candidate's campaign. Just because the 'allows' candidates to appoint watches, why would other concerned citizens be prohibited?

5 posted on 06/24/2014 5:25:59 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

Hopefully the poll watchers ignored them and watched the polls.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 5:26:52 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

This alone should make people see that our elections are no longer fair. Frankly, I have no doubt that we could be very disappointed in November. Once people know they can cheat and get away with it, they will continue to cheat.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 5:27:13 PM PDT by dforest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Viennacon

Just returned from my polling place here in NW Mississippi and the Democrat voters are three deep and wrapped around the polling place.

Now that your blood pressure is at dangerous levels, I’m just trying to get some goats. Voting here was slightly higher than at the primary.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 5:27:44 PM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Nervous Tick
The GOP-e jokes write themselves.

No kidding. The GOPe is now the DNC.

9 posted on 06/24/2014 5:30:12 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

10 posted on 06/24/2014 5:30:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wahtchu lookin’ at, 2DV?


11 posted on 06/24/2014 5:31:17 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

http://newsninja2012.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10497188_10203953810744099_5621005672650405849_o.jpg


12 posted on 06/24/2014 5:31:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Here’s another one:

https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson/status/481574084673679362/photo/1


13 posted on 06/24/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT by TigerClaws
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

EXACTLY what I first thought of, too.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 5:41:43 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

That is truly repellant. If that was really paid for by a pro-Cochran supporter (and not a trolling leftist group) I would make sure that Thud knew I would sooner vote for a dhimmi than him.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 5:42:07 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long
If you had ever seen me in person, you'd know that they wouldn't dare play that $#*+ with me. I've been a bodyguard, bouncer, security guard and state security policeman at various times. LOL
16 posted on 06/24/2014 5:45:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the underdog in his primary runoff fight with McDaniel, has been pushing African-American and Democratic voters to turn out for him on Tuesday to try to expand his share of the vote.


If the Republican Party allows that sort of BS, they lose me.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 5:55:40 PM PDT by boycott
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dforest

Our elections have not been fair for a very long time. My dear departed mother a demoncrapic election judge told me stories of how they would mark un marked ballots and “count” the vote in the sixties. Come on people just become election workers an put honor back in elections.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 6:00:12 PM PDT by WilliamRobert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

And there is no law saying outside groups CAN’T be poll watchers.

It’s sad that in this day and age we still have crooked elections.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 6:08:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes...I am so very well aware ;-)

What I would give...to see you swat those thugs away...like the flies that they are!

It. Would. Be. Absolutely. Glorious.


20 posted on 06/24/2014 6:13:47 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

Give me five other FReepers or Tea Partiers and I could probably clean out the whole hive.


21 posted on 06/24/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

lets all wonder how many Micheal Jackson’s and Tyrone Brown’s are registered to vote in Mississippi,but have no ID.


22 posted on 06/24/2014 6:18:22 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll drive the car!


23 posted on 06/24/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

Hahahaha! Sounds like too much fun!


24 posted on 06/24/2014 6:21:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: WilliamRobert
Come on people just become election workers an put honor back in elections.

Been doing that for many years. You have to declared in one of the two major parties to work the elections, so I can't tell the Republican party where to shove their RAT lite attitude- yet.

25 posted on 06/25/2014 12:00:32 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson