Poll Watcher in Detroit Threatened with Gun
November 6, 2012
Lansing, Mich., Nov. 6, 2012 – This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit. The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter in line, who demanded the poll watcher produce his credentials, which he did. However, the voter said that wasn’t good enough and that he had “a badge and a gun” and told the poll watcher get out of the precinct. Rather than allow the situation to escalate, and fearing for his safety, the poll watcher left before the voter produced a badge or brandished a gun.
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued a statement concerning the issue the following statement:
“Poll watchers, precinct workers and voters should not be put in danger when performing their duties, our Republic requires free and fair elections.
“I can only hope that this morning’s outlandish, reckless and dangerous behavior, was not part of a coordinated effort by the Democratic Party and therefore, I am calling on Mark Brewer, Democratic Party Chairman, to condemn these threats of violence and pledge to ensuring all election workers, volunteers and citizens remain safe.”