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Election Director: Voter Intimidation Worst He’s Ever Seen: “I’ve been here for 30 years…I haven’t ever seen this”

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Election Director: Voter Intimidation Worst He’s Ever Seen: “I’ve been here for 30 years…I haven’t ever seen this”


Voter intimidation is not only happening in Texas leading up to the November 6 mid-term election, it’s as bad as it’s ever been, according to one election administrator in Dallas County.

“I’ve been here for 30 years, and this harassment that’s going on, I haven’t ever seen the likes of this,” said Toni Pippins-Poole, Dallas county’s election director.

“I’ve seen some other things, props being used and whatnot, but nothing like this type of mentality or aggressiveness or demeaning type of actions.”

At Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite, administrators received complaints of a partisan poll watcher looking over voter’s shoulders while casting their ballots and then questioning voters on their political leanings.

The poll watcher was eventually escorted out by the Police after refusing to leave the voting center, according to Pippins-Poole.

The law in Texas requires that any form of electioneering, such as distributing political literature or advocating for candidates or issues, can only take place 100 feet or more away from a polling location. Within that 100 feet area, poll workers can remove people for causing a disturbance such as this one. When it happens further away, Pippins-Poole and her workers call the police.

Poll greeters at Dallas’ Lochwood Library report being “harassed” and “verbally abused”. They went on to describe a person with a bullhorn, screaming about “baby killers,” according to a tweet by the Texas Civil Rights Project.


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