Plunderbund has just confirmed that True the Vote is attempting to place “observers” inside Franklin County polling locations and, surprise!, the precincts they will be targeting are mostly in African American communities.

Quick background: True the Vote was founded in Texas but has been training “poll watchers” throughout the country in an attempt to intimidate Democratic voters at the polls.   Their plan is simple: primarily-white volunteers are dispatched to Democratic-leaning districts, usually with high populations Hispanic or African American voters, as part of a coordinated intimidation effort.

In Franklin County, True the Vote has submitted forms to the BOE to allow their observers into 28 precincts.   Demographic data show that the precincts being targeted are mostly in African American communities.  20 of the 28 precincts are comprised of over 50% African Americans.  And African Americans make up over 80% of the population in the the top 12 precincts.

Statewide, only 12.4% of Ohioans are African American.

The 2012 election cycle has seen multiple attempts by Republicans to disenfranchise African Americans using everything from intimidating billboards to restricting voting hours favored by Black voters.

In Ohio, True the Vote was also responsible for challenging the voter registrations of thousands of students this election cycle.

As reported earlier by the Dispatch, the six candidates who supposedly signed the form to request these observers be allowed at the polls include:  Recorder Daphne Hawk, Engineer Dean Ringle, Coroner Jan Gorniak, sheriff candidate Michael Herrill, Common Pleas Court judge candidate Terri Jamison and Scott Rupert, an independent for U.S. Senate.

At this time there are a number of outstanding issues with the applications filed by True the Vote, including the possibility that many of the candidates who originally signed the form have since withdrawn their names.  It’s still unclear whether the Franklin County Board of Elections will allow the observers at the polls.  A BOE meeting has been scheduled for 3PM tomorrow to discuss this issue.  We will provide an update as soon as it’s available.

In all fairness, the members of the Franklin County Board of Elections – and this goes for both the Rs and the Ds – have done an excellent job this year not just with their choice of early polling locations and the availability of voting machines, but also with their earlier decision to unanimously smack down the True the Vote challenges against OSU students.

I’m positive they will make the right decision in this case as well.

Here’s a list of the precincts True the Vote is attempting to target:

 

COLS 05-C
COLS 14-F
COLS 18-B
COLS 18-D
COLS 18-E
COLS 19-H
COLS 20-C
COLS 25-E
COLS 28-A
COLS 28-B
COLS 28-C
COLS 28-E
COLS 28-F
COLS 34-A
COLS 44-A
COLS 45-A
COLS 45-B
COLS 45-C
COLS 45-H
COLS 47-E
COLS 48-C
COLS 48-D
COLS 50-B
COLS 51-B
COLS 51-C
COLS 83-A
COLS 83-C
COLS 83-F
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  • J. Burik, Cincinnati

    How do we get word out to voters that “observers” in Ohio may do just that: observe?

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    Hang in there. Post coming soon.

  • Tom

    Do we know specifically what poll locations they will be at?

  • herc

    If they’re so concerned with the process, why didn’t these individuals simply volunteer to be poll workers? The fact that they’re doing this instead really gives me concern for their motives.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    I updated the post with the names of the candidates.

    She is one of the candidates that signed the form. But our understanding is that she has since asked to have her name removed for the list.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    I updated the post with the polling locations. I can add more detail if necessary.

  • http://twitter.com/SeaSingleVoters Seattle SingleVoters

    What exactly do they do to intimidate people? We always have poll watchers and they mostly just count who voted and report it back to campaign headquarters who then try to get people to vote

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmyesq Kurt Young

    True the Vote training it’s people to “Challenge” voters, to urge poll workers to go beyond the required ID, etc. Observer Directive from Secretary of State Husted is crystal clear this should not happen and poll judge (head poll worker in precinct) has right to eject an observer interfering with process or challenging voters. Only legitimate grounds to challenge – 1. Signature does not match poll book in opinion of majority of poll workers in a precinct. 2. Poll workers believe not US Citizen. 3. Poll Workers believe not Ohio Citizen 4. Poll workers believe no County Citizen. If so, voter completes an affidavit and votes a regular ballot. PERIOD. Best this can do is slow down voting and discourage voters. Stay calm and vote, it defeats True The Vote’s real intent, slow down & discourage voting in high Democratic turn out areas.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    I have a post in the works for tomorrow about this. Can you email me at joseph at plunderbund.com, Kurt? I’d like to get a quote from you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiadora.thompson Tiadora Thompson

    I urge all readers to Google True to Vote yourself to see what it is about. This article is full of incorrect information

  • buckeye15
  • http://twitter.com/carlafd25 Carla Dixon

    Take out your phone, take a picture of the person harassing you ,then tell them to “get out of your face”! Tip for handling the racist true the vote scum!

  • Tom

    Thanks. The poll at which I will be observing is not on the list.

  • Trish

    There’s also a concentration of polling locations near OSU where students vote. That’s not something that has been talked about too much.

  • anonymous

    where can we see the form?

  • Concerned

    no offense, but I can’t believe this has been so widely reported without any cited evidence. I don’t really doubt it, but could you please post the form? We don’t want to look like Fox News here for repeating what you say and finding out later it was made up.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph
  • http://gulagbound.com/ Arlen Williams

    I searched. Found NO CHARGES FILED. That in turn causes one to be
    suspicious that the Democrat(s) involved made false claims. (How foolish would it be for election monitors to commit fraud?)

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