Poll monitoring: No ‘massive’ intimidation, some problem locations

By: - November 3, 2020 12:17 pm

Voters line up at Gender Road Christian Church on Tuesday. Photo by Susan Tebben

Poll monitoring groups said Tuesday morning they were keeping an eye on a few locations across the state where small issues and voting technology “SNAFUs” have happened, but are not seeing organized voter intimidation.

Collin Marozzi of the ACLU said in a Tuesday morning Zoom call that observers in the field have reported issues at Maranatha Baptist Church in west Columbus and Oakmont Elementary in the east.

“We’re receiving reports of longer lines, limited capacity, limited access to voting machines, they’re moving to paper ballots,” Marozzi told reporters and other voter advocacy groups.

Delays have been seen at some Franklin County locations, according to Marozzi, but the ACLU wants to get a better idea of the impact of the delays.

Kayla Griffin of All Voting is Local said Cuyahoga County poll monitors have said some polling locations are indicating they don’t have curbside voting.

“That is not accurate,” Griffin said.

Jen Miller of the League of Women Voters said they have had some confusion, just as in every other election, but are not seeing “organized voter intimidation.”

“We’re not seeing massive intimidation, we’re not seeing massive violation of rights, we’re seeing little fires, SNAFUs, confusions that we need to deal with,” Miller said. “The great news is that we are on the scene and doing it.”

Voters can call the the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition to report polling location issues or ask questions:

English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA

Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US

Asian Languages: 1-888-API-VOTE

ASL (Video): 301-818-VOTE

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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.