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stone space

(6,498 posts)
Mon Nov 7, 2016, 09:28 PM Nov 2016

“Guns Down” Project To Fight Back Against Firearm-Related Voter Intimidation On Election Day

X-posted from GD-2016: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512602126


Voters Can Text “GUNSDOWN” To 91990 To Report “Poll Watchers” Who Use Firearms And Other Means To Intimidate



Amid heightened concerns about voter intimidation involving the open carrying of firearms at polling locations on Election Day, a project called Guns Down is providing a resource for voters to report intimidation to voter protection advocates and to share their experiences on social media.

According to The Washington Post, “many election officials across the country are, for the very first time, bracing for intimidation or even violence on Election Day,” and these fears are compounded given that “most states have no laws regarding guns in polling places.”

Under federal law it is illegal to intimidate people trying to vote with guns or by other means.

Yet the Post reports that “state laws about guns and voter intimidation are a patchwork of wildly varying regulations,” and determinations of violations of voter intimidation laws can be difficult to ascertain because each one is “a fact-sensitive, context-based decision,” according to UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.(Further complicating determinations are discordant federal appeals courts rulings on what behavior constitutes voter intimidation).

This state of affairs has created an opening for individuals who wish to intimidate voters with guns at the polls while retaining some semblance of plausible deniability concerning the legality of their actions.

Voters who text “GUNSDOWN” to 91990 will receive information on a national voter protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) operated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Appropriate reports will be passed on to law enforcement and election officials, and voters will have the opportunity, if they feel safe doing so, to share photos of voter intimidation on social media.


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http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/11/03/guns-down-project-fight-back-against-firearm-related-voter-intimidation-election-day/214271

“Guns Down” Project To Fight Back Against Firearm-Related Voter Intimidation On Election Day (Original Post) stone space Nov 2016 OP
A few more of Trump's billh58 Nov 2016 #1
My polling place had both 30-06 and 30-07 sighs posted prominently flamin lib Nov 2016 #2

billh58

(6,626 posts)
1. A few more of Trump's
Tue Nov 8, 2016, 12:16 AM
Nov 2016

"responsible" gun owners -- otherwise known as dangerous gun humpers to the rest of our society.

flamin lib

(14,559 posts)
2. My polling place had both 30-06 and 30-07 sighs posted prominently
Tue Nov 8, 2016, 01:10 PM
Nov 2016

on the doors of the church where I voted here in N TX.

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