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Michigan poll watchers learn what they can and can't do on election day

Volunteers learn the ropes of poll watching during a meeting this week in Flint
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Volunteers learn the ropes of poll watching during a meeting this week in Flint

Training is underway this week in Michigan for people planning to be poll watchers during next month’s election.

Complaints of rigged voting and voter intimidation have spurred people to volunteer as poll watchers.

Linda Hoff, the president of the League of Women Voters of the Flint area, is training potential poll watchers this week. She stresses poll watchers do just that, watch.

“If they think that poll watching is going to be able to influence whether somebody votes or not, then they have a wrong belief,” says Hoff.

Hoff says the League is training poll watchers to see if there are problems at precincts that may be preventing voters from casting their ballots. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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