No Intimidation Here: Bell County, Texas Watching For Any Voter Harassment
It's voting time all over the nation, and many have seen the political ads. We've all made our decisions and it's time to head to the polls to make our choices. It's also important to be polite at polls, which sometimes could be difficult due to multiple reasons.
However, it's also very important to be aware of people that might be trying to stop you from voting. This is known as Voter Intimidation, and is outright illegal.
Voter Intimidation Defined
According to the ACLU, the law for Voter Intimidation is described as the following:
"no person … shall intimidate, threaten, coerce … any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] person to vote or to vote as he may choose."
The ACLU also provides cases where it possibly could be voter intimidation such as someone pretending to be an election official or lying about voter requirements.
Thankfully, according to KCEN, so far there haven't been any cases of voter intimidation reported in Central Texas. Voters in Bell County should also not be worried, as election officials have kept a close eye out for any voter harassment.
Bell, McLennan County Election Officials Watching For Any Potential Issues
In a comment to KCEN, James Stafford, Bell County Public Information Officer, stated that personnel at polling sites know what to do in potential "emergency situations." McLennan County officials haven't received any reports of voter intimidation, but if any happen to be reported, they hope it won't stop any voters from casting their choice.
Remember to report anything seems suspicious to workers at the polling sites if you feel someone is trying to stop you from voting.