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Trump May Deploy Federal Agents To Polling Places To Spark Fear And Suppress Turnout: Election Experts

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Besides trying to suppress voting by attacking mail-in voting, Donald Trump may use federal agents to try and scare people from going to polling places to cast their votes on November 3.

Trump has already received backlash for sending federal agents to cities across the country that saw civil rights protestors.

But now, election experts are warning that Trump may use the same tactic to try to suppress voter turnout, according to Newsweek.

“The concern from election attorneys, many of whom work with Democrats, is two-fold,” wrote Adrian Carrasquillo. “In 2018, a consent decree expired first put in place in 1982 that restricted Republicans from engaging in so-called ‘ballot security’ activities like campaigns to guard against voter fraud without court approval. That decision by New Jersey district judge John Michael Vazquez, appointed by President Barack Obama, allowed Republicans to mount a sprawling $20 million program in 15 states that will include 50,000 volunteers, according to a New York Times report.”

Additionally, Carrasquillo wrote, “Election lawyers who spoke to Newsweek said they saw Trump’s tweet last week about possibly delaying the election as irrefutable evidence that he knows he’s losing to Joe Biden right now. They worry it means he might be willing to do anything to get an edge on Election Day.”

“Cornered dogs are always dangerous,” said Juan Carlos Planas, a longtime election lawyer who worked with multiple Republican presidential candidates before backing Joe Biden against Trump. “I fear it more in Wisconsin and in Michigan, where there are Democratic governors who Trump has criticized and whether or not they would have the ability to stop it.” Another lawyer affiliated with the Biden campaign said, “What if he deploys ICE to polling locations? If someone is intimidating voters you normally call cops, but what if he’s sending federal law enforcement?”

According to the experts, there is a growing concern that Trump will try to intimidate African-American and Hispanic voters by falsely accusing them of voting illegally, which even if the accusations are baseless could discourage them from voting.

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