GAB to election observers: No more warnings on voter intimidation

2012-10-20T15:45:00Z 2012-11-02T11:10:34Z GAB to election observers: No more warnings on voter intimidationSTEVEN VERBURG | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6118

After hearing more and more reports of election observers intimidating voters, a top Wisconsin Government Accountability Board official has warned that no more disruptions will be tolerated.

"In recent elections, the GAB has received an increasing number of reports describing aggressive or disruptive behavior by a minority of observers," election division administrator Nathaniel Robinson wrote in an Aug. 10 letter. "...behavior that is disruptive, including conversing with or intimidating voters, or questioning election inspectors other than the chief inspector, will not be tolerated."

Robinson didn't specify any group of observers, but a League of Women Voters of Wisconsin report on the June 5 recall found "some polling sites had election observers who intimidated voters and interfered with the registration process.

Observers exerted more influence at sites with "new or uncertain" chief inspectors, the report said, while there were reports from Racine, Milwaukee and La Crosse of voters leaving the polling place without voting. In Milwaukee, an observer "sent people away when an observer said the person looked too young to vote," the report said.

Robinson said in his letter that observers may call the Government Accountability Board if they see problems that the chief inspector doesn't remedy. Observers are forbidden to be loud or boisterous and they aren't allowed to talk to other poll workers or to voters, Robinson said.

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(16) Comments

  1. Edgeworld
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    Edgeworld - November 03, 2012 7:03 pm
    LOL, it won't be a GAB bureaucrat who shows up at your door, thugboi. It will be an armed, uniformed state officer who makes *your* pitiful hard attitude look like a sour cream puff, wuss. You'll be wetting yourself like the retarded whipped dog you really are.
  2. array1
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    array1 - October 21, 2012 5:20 pm
    Seems someone is a wee bit upset the GAB requested publically that the Wi GOP stop making frivolous, unsubstantiated, and untrue claims of voter fraud.
  3. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - October 21, 2012 3:01 pm
    Well stated!
  4. Dode
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    Dode - October 21, 2012 12:04 pm
    OOH! The GAB is coming to get us! That joke of an accountability board surely is unaccountable to the voters. It is far past time for our governor to fix his predecessor's mistake in creating that useless entity.
  5. Tricolor Dog
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    Tricolor Dog - October 21, 2012 8:03 am
    Come near me while I'm standing in a voting line or at the booth and you may lose your front teeth.
  6. WI_Expat
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    WI_Expat - October 21, 2012 5:00 am
    "Loud and Boisterous"....pretty much the calling card of your average "solidarity" protester.

  7. Woman46
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    Woman46 - October 20, 2012 11:16 pm
    Let's really talk about voter fraud shall we Lynne4300? Google "Issue Advocacy Partners" and "Nathan Sproul".
  8. RichardSRussell
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    RichardSRussell - October 20, 2012 10:15 pm
    In any system as large as a democracy, there will ALWAYS be errors, no matter how hard we try to minimize them. (We'll never eliminate them, as any systems analyst will testify.) The question we should be asking is whether we want to set up a system that errs on the side of LETTING people vote or PREVENTING them from voting.

    Anyone who really believes in democracy, instead of being suspicious of the common people (or 47% of them) should have no trouble answering that one.
  9. Lynne4300
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    Lynne4300 - October 20, 2012 8:38 pm
    I wish the GAB was as concerned about illegal votes and illegal activity related to voting.

    3 dropped as voter registration workers after felonies flagged

    "Three felons - including one man convicted of multiple counts of forgery - have had their status revoked as voter registration workers in Milwaukee and have been referred to county prosecutors after the Journal Sentinel flagged their criminal backgrounds to city officials.

    The three men had been authorized by the Milwaukee Election Commission as so-called special registration deputies, a role that state election officials say is off-limits to felons under state law.

    Checks by the newspaper turned up 11 people in all with apparent criminal convictions ranging from misdemeanor sexual assault to felony drug possession who have been authorized to register voters in Milwaukee. A person convicted of a misdemeanor is not automatically disqualified from serving as a special registration deputy."
  10. Big Ed
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    Big Ed - October 20, 2012 7:51 pm
    I'll believe the GAB will do something about this when it happens. However, to be honest, don't people have any backbones at all anymore. If someone tried this with with me at the voting place they would be rimmed a new @@@hole in a very loud voice.
  11. Trader man
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    Trader man - October 20, 2012 6:52 pm
    The DA would not dare prosecute an observer for intimidating voters in Dane County. No judge would allow a guilty verdict.
  12. nan3
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    nan3 - October 20, 2012 6:50 pm
    Expat, thank you! There isn't much to laugh at these days, but we can always count on you! Keep those witty quips coming.
  13. WI_Expat
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    WI_Expat - October 20, 2012 5:33 pm
    Can really tell democrats have the microscope on their behavior this election cycle after a long history of voter intimidation.
  14. thedude25
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    thedude25 - October 20, 2012 5:18 pm
    Gee, I wonder what political party most resembles the Fascist Party....
  15. geo_
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    geo_ - October 20, 2012 5:03 pm
    More republican election fraud!
  16. Nav
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    Nav - October 20, 2012 4:00 pm
    It is about time. Anyone or any group trying to intimidate voters shoiuld be hauled to jail..immediately
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