What To Do If Someone Threatens You At The Polls

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NOTE: Georgetown Law created fact sheets for all 50 states “explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals are near a polling place or voter registration drive. Access ICAP’s fact sheet on voter intimidation laws, detailing what kinds of conduct could constitute voter intimidation, and what to do if you experience voter intimidation.”

Voter intimidation.

‘If they can bring a gun, I can bring my camera.’

If you observe any signs of voter intimidation at your polling place, document the incident on your smartphone’s camera (if possible) and notify the election official on site. You can also report the incident to The Advancement Project— a nonprofit civil rights organization—by calling 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

On this episode of As the South Votes, Anoa breaks down voter intimidation and steps you can take to safeguard yourself and others during the election process. This is the first presidential election where the GOP is not restricted by a consent decree banning ballot security activities and the second presidential election without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Documenting and reporting voter intimidation efforts is important to protecting the rights of voters and the political process as a whole.