a representative of a political party or of an organization running a candidate who is assigned to the polls on an election day to watch for violations of the laws that regulate voting, campaigning, etc.
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How to use poll watcher in a sentence
They created a force of “election defenders” who, unlike traditional poll watchers, were trained in de-escalation techniques.The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election | Molly Ball | February 4, 2021 | Time
Boldface inserted to highlight Gingrich’s implication — that if there weren’t hordes of poll watchers, the people counting the votes in this Republican-controlled state would throw the elections to the Democrats.
The Republican Party, meanwhile, responded to the President’s requests by creating a multimillion-dollar effort to recruit 50,000 volunteers to act as “poll watchers” on Election Day.Voter intimidation, Russian influence, refusal to accept results: What could go wrong on Election Night | Nicole Goodkind | November 2, 2020 | Fortune
As part of the group’s work, he and 25 other volunteers served as poll watchers in Virginia in 2017.How claims of voter fraud were supercharged by bad science | Bobbie Johnson | November 1, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
While poll watchers are legal — and, in some states, can challenge individual voters’ eligibility at the polls on the basis of things like residency or citizenship — the job isn’t just a free-for-all for whoever happens to decide to show up.Fear Of Voter Intimidation Is Its Own Voter Intimidation | Maggie Koerth (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 28, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight