Amid fears of fraud on election day, the Trump campaign has put out a new call for volunteers to serve as “election observers”.
A new page added to the Trump campaign website invites supporters to register as a volunteer. Trump spokesman Jason Miller reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that credentialed observers will be placed inside polling areas in Pennsylvania and several other states where permitted.
A federal court had stated in a 1982 case that observes can go to polling stations to “watch voting and report irregularities unrelated to voter fraud that could interfere with casting ballots, including understaffing, long lines and malfunctioning voting machines.”
Observers are not allowed to question voters about their credentials, take pictures of videos or pass out fliers about voter fraud.
Only 33 states have laws requiring voters to show ID. The laws are intended to prevent voter fraud, but Democrats have objected, claiming the voter ID laws keep minorities away from the polls.
Pennsylvania is one state that does not require voters to present ID at the polls.
Trump, as well as many of his supporters, have voiced concerns that “the election is going to be rigged.”
According to Fox News, “A group of GOP lawyers also reportedly is planning an anti-voter fraud effort that includes hundreds of observers on the ground and on call on Election Day.”