Trump Urges Supporters To "Watch" Voting Sites, Raising Intimidation Concerns

Sep 30, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio

During the first presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday night, President Trump urged supporters to go to voting locations and "watch very carefully."

But voter advocates say only people with a special designation can actually go into polling locations with voters. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

The only groups allowed within 100 feet of a polling location are voters, poll workers, law enforcement, and credentialed media. 


According to the Ohio Association of Election Officials, observers political parties and issue campaigns are also allowed if they receive a special designation


Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters says this is to prevent intimidation.  


"Having just members of the general public intermingled into the polling location could create chaos and confusion." 


It's unclear if Trump was asking his supporters to breach the 100 foot barrier. His campaign could not be reached for comment.