For the first time in decades, the federal government is cutting the number of federal poll watchers to monitor the integrity of the presidential election.
Justice Department officials blame the reduced presence at the polls to the Supreme Court limiting their ability to monitor elections. However, the move comes as allegations mount that the Hillary Clinton campaign has been engaging in widespread voter fraud. The lack of federal poll watchers makes it easier for Clinton operatives to commit voter fraud and could result in a rigged election, which is convenient for Democrats.
For the past five decades, the Justice Department has sent hundreds of observers and poll monitors across the country to ensure that voters are not intimidated or discriminated against when they cast their ballots.
In the 2012 presidential election, the last before the court ruling, the Justice Department sent more than 780 observers and other personnel to polling places in 51 jurisdictions in 23 states to watch for unlawful activity and write up reports about possible civil rights violations. The observers were specially trained by the Office of Personnel Management and were required to be inside polling places.
Justice Department officials say this year they are sending observers to fewer than five states — and to those locations only because the oversight has been ordered by judges in specific cases. Five weeks out from the election, officials said they would not specify the exact number of observers.
Donald Trump has already announced that he plans to raise an army of his own poll watchers to ensure the voting process is not compromised.HillaryHill