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[-] jeffw 53 points 1 month ago

100,000 people are about to be really surprised about how unfun it is to watch a bunch of old people try to get the results off of a computerized voting system.

[-] [email protected] 32 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Oh there was an NPR episode about this last time and they had a hell of a fun time. They get a coffee, sit in their car, take notes and pass it on. Super important. Plus they sometimes get to harass people who are J walking and stuff. I know like 3 retired dudes living around me who would instantly feel honored to do it, and I live in a firmly blue state.

So many old dudes with nothing to do, is what I learned.

[-] jeffw 23 points 1 month ago

A legit poll watcher is designated by a campaign and needs proof of their appointment. They are supposed to be inside the polling place (or near it). Those people just sound like assholes

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

My point is those people were the people who couldn't make it, or weren't needed. I just would never bank on there not being enough old conservative people with nothing to do.

[-] [email protected] 43 points 1 month ago

I can't wait to get harassed by rednecks who will not have to answer to their redneck cop buddies when they step out of line.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago

As a Redneck I would like to request you dont associate my ilk with whitetrash dipshits. Seriously half the folks I hear people call Rednecks are simple whitetrash, especially the rich ones. Most Rednecks have better things to do than being the attack dogs of some politicians, we have nothing against being the attack dogs for unions but thats beyond the point.

[-] TheJims 41 points 1 month ago

Republicans are using poll watcher as code word for violent voter intimidation.

[-] FenrirIII 9 points 1 month ago

I was thinking, if these people were intimidating voters then the police might be called. Knowing the police, it might just make things worse.

[-] TheJims 3 points 1 month ago


It’s ok if you’re a republican

[-] shalafi 0 points 1 month ago

They won't be the only ones watching.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

They won't be the only ones watching.


I've seen reports that long time poll workers have been deciding not to do it this year, in part because of the negative pressure and threats from the MAGAts.

[-] [email protected] 32 points 1 month ago

I am very worried about who they are planning on hiring as "Poll Watchers".

[-] cowfodder 23 points 1 month ago

Getting real "Rolling Stones hiring the Hell's Angels as security" type vibes, but like on purpose.

[-] jordanlund 27 points 1 month ago

They can recruit a million poll watchers, the problem is they don't have the first idea what they're looking at.

[-] FlyingSquid 15 points 1 month ago

That's actually my worry. They'll see something "wrong" and harass the voter.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

They can't even speak to voters without breaking the law.

[-] FlyingSquid 4 points 1 month ago

I doubt they care.

[-] Everythingispenguins 7 points 1 month ago

It has nothing to do with watching the polls. It's all about voter intimidation.

[-] TheJims 20 points 1 month ago

Republicans will never stop trying to steal elections.

[-] FenrirIII 10 points 1 month ago

2020 was a first attempt. 2024 they're going full out with Russia's support

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago

What do you mean? They succeeded way back in 2000.

[-] rayyy 19 points 1 month ago

RNC say they will recruit 100,000 poll ~~watchers~~ goons to intimidate voters.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago

Watch for what? Voters who don’t look like GQP shills?

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

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[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago

Great, sap more money out of that political party.

[-] jeffw 4 points 1 month ago

Poll watcher is typically a volunteer thing (unless I’ve been doing it wrong lol)

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Oh haha, thanks. I'd no idea. Wow That's nice of you to do such a high stress job for free.

[-] jeffw 3 points 1 month ago

Eh, it’s not actually that hard lol. It’s mainly chatting with voters (before they vote, since you can’t talk politics inside, that’s electioneering) and then the candidates or a party rep comes by and asks how many people voted so far, so I run in and ask the poll workers for “the numbers.” Then at the end of the day, you can stand around and watch them count. But the party cares less about that part now that we have a voting system with a paper trail. The folks inside, who do get paid, have the hard job.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Hats off to you all the same

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

Damn you really gotta wear full maga regalia and vote blue when nobody is looking your way

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

The "poll watchers" will be idiots getting tossed out of the stations for refusing to remove their MAGA gear

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

They are talking about strip club customers. Some how there's a correlation with watching pole dancers.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

Punisher shirt sales SURGE.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago
[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago
[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

tl, dr - in a comic, the real Punisher meets some cops who try to model themselves on him. He tells them that he considers himself a killer who deserves to go to jail, and if they want an actual hero they should try being like Captain America.

[-] OhStopYellingAtMe 2 points 1 month ago

But who will watch the watchers?

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I think they could get more of a turnout if they also hired poll dancers.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Most of these people are of retirement age. I don't know about you, but I don't want to see that.

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