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Armed Poll Watchers Deploy to Democratic Precincts as Trump Jr. Calls Up “Army for Election Security”

HeadlineOct 21, 2020

In Texas, a federal appeals court has ruled that election officials can void people’s mail-in ballots if they determine a signature on the ballot cannot be verified. Under the court’s ruling, officials don’t have to inform voters that their ballots were rejected until after the election. 

In Minnesota, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing the private security company Atlas Aegis for recruiting ex-U.S. military Special Operations soldiers to deploy to polling places, calling it illegal voter intimidation and a breach of the Voting Rights Act. 

Michigan’s secretary of state is ordering a ban on the open carrying of firearms within 100 feet of polling places. 

In Florida, the Miami Police Department says it will discipline police officer Daniel Ubeda after he was photographed in uniform, wearing a pro-Trump mask and a holstered firearm, outside a voting site. This all follows Donald Trump Jr.'s call for volunteers to deploy to Democratic precincts to “join Army for Trump's election security.”

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