Few local voters have answered Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to sign up as poll watchers to prevent a rigged election. On the campaign trail this week, he warned of the media and partisans conspiring to steal the election. “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places –SAD.” Trump tweeted Sunday. Trump’s vision of nefarious forces working to thwart the will of the people has failed to mobilize Leon County supporters to guard against Election Day fraud. “No effect, nothing. None at all,” said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.
At his official website, Trump appears to be recruiting people to be poll watchers. Volunteers are asked to provide contact information but that is not the official registration to be a Florida poll watcher.
Watchers need to register with the county elections office two weeks before the voting period. For 2016 early voting in Leon County, two Trump campaign supporters, and 55 Democrats have signed up for poll watching duty.
“Since 2000, Democrats have done the bulk of poll watching in Leon County,” said Sancho.