Undercover Video: New Mexico GOP Trains Poll Workers to Suppress Votes

Republican trainees could compromise integrity of November election

Via ProgressNow New Mexico: VIDEO: NM GOP Trains Poll Workers to Suppress Votes.

Undercover video recorded by ProgressNow New Mexico shows the Republican Party training poll challengers in illegal tactics that could potentially restrict the voting rights of as many as 1-in8 New Mexicans in November.

A recording of the September 26th official “Poll Challenger Training” conducted by the Republican Party shows a GOP & Tea Party leader giving false and/or misleading information about voting rights and regulations to the training’s attendees. The training was replete with misinformation about ID requirements, the use of provisional ballots, assistance for Spanish-speaking citizens, change of address requirements, and the rights of the disabled at the polls.

The group even created it’s own poll challenger guide complete with instructions on how to demand ID and force legal voters to vote by provisional ballot in blatant contradiction with election law.

[…]

The training was conducted by Pat Morlen, a Tea Party activist and former Sandoval County Commission Republican candidate who currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Sandoval County Republican Party. A similar training was also given by the GOP on September 5th and another is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th

[…]

There are links at the article to the GOP poll challenger guide, and to part of the video of the training session. This clip documents the trainer giving false information:

These people are a threat to democracy, not just Democrats.

More here:

[…]

Morlen also disparaged disabled New Mexicans, opining, “if the person can’t even say their name, at least their name, I don’t see why they should be voting.”

Obama has a narrow lead over Romney in the New Mexico polls, projecting a very close race. This particular training was filmed just two days after a study was released estimating 10 million Latinos could be disenfranchised by various voter suppression efforts. While Morlen’s statements are easily debunked, New Mexico voters are likely to be harassed and intimidated by these volunteer “voter challengers” armed with false information. But New Mexican voters aren’t the only targets; the national Tea Party group True the Vote has mobilized a large army of volunteers to go to the polls all over the country to harass voters. True the Vote tested out their voter intimidation skills during Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) recall election in June, when poll watchers blocked students and African Americans from voting.

Similar efforts are underway in Arizona. There is also Tea Party involvement in that state.

Vote Fraud Watchers Aim For 5,000 Observers At Arizona Polls

[…]

For a long time, the Republican National Committee engaged in election fraud prevention; until 1982, when the RNC was sued by the Democratic Party for targeting minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The RNC signed an agreement — that a federal judge has upheld through 2017 — curbing its fraud prevention efforts. The absence of an official party apparatus has given rise in the last few years to independent Republican groups.

Verify the Vote is one such group. Its co-chairs repeatedly declined to be interviewed for this story, but a 20 minute video on their website lays out their goals. Brad Zinn — a tea partier, comedy magician, and reporter for the conservative news site Western Free Press — is co-chair of Verify the Vote, along with Jennifer Wright, a lawyer and former Tea Party candidate for Phoenix mayor.

“In the last four years, we’ve all been made aware that there are forces at work to steal power from the people by manipulating the vote,” Wright said in the video. She never said what those forces are, but Verify the Vote outlines a few approaches to stop them. They want volunteers to review voter rolls and registrations, to monitor early ballot counts, and they encourage like-minded voter fraud hawks to get hired as poll workers.

[…]

Here’s the video from “Verify the Vote”:

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
SPLC: United States Crime Rates Still at Historic Lows MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program’s annual Crime in the United States report, released September 26, 2016, is from Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center. "The FBI’s ...
Birth Control Works
4 hours, 44 minutes ago
Views: 78 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Advice She Didn’t Ask For"Save us from fascism but don't be a bitch about it." Thanks for weighing in, but it looks like Hillary Clinton is doing just fine without the help of body language experts. Watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee next week ...
Thanos
8 hours, 37 minutes ago
Views: 118 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Actual Scientific Polls Show Big Win for Hillary Clinton in First Debate The consensus is in: viewers overwhelmingly thought Hillary Clinton was the winner of the first presidential debate. Four polls — from CNN/ORC, Politico/Morning Consult, NBC/SurveyMonkey, and Public Policy Polling — all showed that respondents felt Clinton bested Donald Trump ...
Thanos
9 hours, 1 minute ago
Views: 245 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Senate Update: Races for the Senate and White House Are Moving in Near Lockstep The senate races are so important this cycle, even if Hillary wins she faces an impossible task and we face 4-8 more years of pure obstructionism from the GOP if they hang on to the Senate. Democrats are still ...
Thanos
9 hours, 23 minutes ago
Views: 136 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
America’s Biggest Food Companies Support Hillary Clinton, With One Glaring Exception If you were an exec at a big corporation that mass-produces food or farm chemicals, who would you rather see prevail in November's presidential election? To get an idea of where Big Food and Ag stand on the 2016 ...
Birth Control Works
14 hours, 27 minutes ago
Views: 202 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Want to Reduce Crime in America? Try Giving Kids Better Food. In 2015, the Guardian published a list of 24 ways to reduce crime in the most violent cities in the world. Suggestions included avoiding repressive policies, moving the focus away from poverty and putting the focus more on gun ...
Birth Control Works
14 hours, 30 minutes ago
Views: 152 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Shimon Peres, the Realist Dreamer Tel Aviv — There are very few people in the world whose lives align so effortlessly with the birth and being of their homeland. Shimon Peres, who has died at age 93, left an indelible mark on Israel — ...
Birth Control Works
14 hours, 32 minutes ago
Views: 122 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
U.S. to Bar Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts The federal agency that controls billions of dollars in Medicaid and Medicaid funding has moved to prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as ...
Birth Control Works
1 day ago
Views: 158 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
2017 State Business Tax Climate Index Executive Summary The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by ...
Birth Control Works
1 day ago
Views: 182 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Endorsement: Hillary Clinton Is the Only Choice to Move America Ahead Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles. This year is different. The 2016 Republican ...
Thanos
1 day, 7 hours ago
Views: 215 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0