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  1. What are they claiming to watch for? I mean, I know what they are going to end up doing (targeting minorities and maybe white women), but I honestly don’t think many of them yet realize that’s what they’re doing. They’re so convinced that voter fraud is real and not based in racism. What does it look like, then, to them? What do they think they are watching for? What’s going on in their heads? What do they even think they are going to spot by standing outside a poll place?
  2. This whole stupid bullshit with the Oregon militia getting off has me worried that it’s going to make some open carriers mighty brave come election day (or sooner since early voting is underway).
  3. I’m going to have my phone at the ready to record. I’m a white woman voting in a liberal place, so I’m not sure I have much to worry about for myself personally (but it is a liberal island in a sea of red, so those guys are close). Also not a swing state. Nevertheless, if I witness something, I want it on record.
  4. I’m not finding, “just call the federal government!” a satisfactory way to report election intimidation, but I’m not sure what else you can do (besides locals who probably aren’t going to be of any help in these scenarios). FYI, from the ACLU’s website:

You can report intimidation to:The Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)The U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline: 800-253-3931; TTY line 877-267-8971Local and state officials, including poll workers; your county clerk, elections commissioner, elections supervisor; or your state board of elections.

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