REVEALED: Roger Stone, Vote Protectors Write Intimidation Script For Trumpâs Poll Watchers
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) and the Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF) participated in a conference call for the media to voice concerns about voter intimidation schemes being coordinated by the Donald Trump campaign and his long-time friend Roger Stone.
Henderson said: “Threats of voter intimidation, the most racially bigoted election in generations, and the specter of voting discrimination in the first-post Shelby presidential election have created a perfect storm for disenfranchisement.”
Eighty-seven civil rights groups joined Henderson in calling on each state’s secretary of state develop a counter plan “to ensure that no one in your state is disenfranchised in the upcoming election.”
References to the Consent Decree of 1982 were intimated which points to poll watchers encouraged by Stone and the Trump campaign, as well as the candidate himself.
The Consent Decree bans the Republican National Committee from engaging in poll watching because of a stunt pulled by the RNC in 1981 wherein the GOP hired off-duty cops to patrol polling stations heavily trafficked by minorities during a gubernatorial race in New Jersey.
The RNC created an armed monitoring program called the National Ballot Security Task Force (NBSTF) with the expressed purpose of intimidating voters of color.
After that election the RNC was sued by the Democratic National Committee and the consent decree placed the RNC under prohibition of engaging in on-site polling activities from 1982 to December 1, 2017.
Stone has been talking about Hillary Clinton planning to “rig” and “steal” this election since August of this year, while he has been creating an army of poll watchers through his website Stop The Steal.
According to Stone, monitoring the voting stations and creating fake ID badges for participants in the poll watching program is all about “targeted EXIT-POLLING in targeted states and targeted localities that we believe the Democrats could manipulate based on their local control, to determine if the results of the vote have been skewed by manipulation.”
Working with something called Vote Protectors, Stone’s poll watchers can not only get fake ID badges to wear while monitoring voters, but now there is a user’s guide for any participants who are going to conduct these phony exit polls for Stone.
Vote Protectors and Stone’s Stop The Steal advises poll watchers to conduct a fake TV interview with their “interview prompt sheet” which teaches volunteers to compare Trump’s conspiracy theories about the election being rigged with the president’s refusal to entertain such ideas.
Stone has been trying to hide his involvement in this intimidation scheme by switching and removing categories on his Stop The Steal website.
Here is how the website’s categories looked before.
And here’s how the website’s categories look currently.
Notice how the Defend the Donald and Exit Polling categories have vanished from the menu in an attempt to mask the agenda behind the need for poll watchers.
And after questioned by the media about the instructional script for poll watchers, Stone claimed that his website was DDoS attacked and the information must have been placed there and or removed during the alleged hack.
However it is clear that Stone’s plan is a near complete parallel to the NBSTF that the RNC created in 1981 to intimidate African American and Hispanic voters in New Jersey. A scheme that cost the RNC dearly for the past 35 years being under the prohibitions of the consent decree.
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For several months now, Stone has been recruiting poll watchers using conspiracy theorist Alex Jones radio program, gaining a total of 1,200 people so far.
In fact, Stone admits that the majority of his recruitment efforts have been “online”.
Since Trump began calling for poll watchers (a modern-day re-boot of the 1981 NBSTF), the RNC has warned its members that they should not engage in the monitoring efforts of Trump and Stone because such activities would be harassment.
The letter sent by the RNC specifically addressed challenging voters at the polls; especially on Election Day, but also extending this warning to early voting stations currently operational.
And in conjunction with keeping the RNC to the consent decree, the DNC has filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that the court sanction the GOP for another eight years for going back on their agreement made 35 years ago because of the voter intimidation schemes of their presidential nominee.
Ezra Rosenberg, co-director of the Voting Rights Protect of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law explained that Trump and Stone’s poll watchers scheme has nothing to do with exit polling and everything to do with voter intimidation.
Rosenberg said: “From what I’ve read about it, this doesn’t sound like exit polling of the traditional sense, it sounds to me as if there is a targeting of certain communities, primarily minority communities and we fear this is going to have an intimidating effect. Voters are supposed to be free in their voting. This seems to be pointed in absolutely the wrong direction.”
Fear of intimidation is what keeps voters from voting at all, according to Rosenberg. He continued: “We certainly do have a fear of intimidation when they focus on areas of disproportionately large minority populations. It is just wrong. It has an intimidating effect.”
Alan Abramowitz, political science professor at Emory University said he is “very skeptical about the accuracy of any exit polling conducted by Mr. Stone and his allies” because Jones is a “well-known right-wing provocateur and there is little doubt that any such ‘exit polling’ would be extremely biased.”
Another concern made by civil rights groups involves firearms at voting stations , which is legal in states like New Hampshire. Police officials have been called on to quell voters who are concerned poll watchers will use their guns during their intimidation tactics.
At one voting station in Tucson, Arizona several Hispanic voters were questioned by Minutemen militia members supporting Trump on whether or not they spoke English.