Between now and October 6th the Election Integrity Project has scheduled at least nine training seminars in San Diego County. The national organization is known for examining voter rolls, and they were present at many polling places in San Diego during the June primary. They say they’re watching out for voter fraud. But critics say they’re trying to intimidate voters. Linda Paine, president of the group in California, said poll watchers in California found many polls where things went fine. “On the other hand,” she said, “we saw what appeared to be policies and procedures in existence that opened the door to the potential of voter fraud.”
Paine said their group is non-partisan, and it does nothing to interfere with voting. But the group has many connections to the Tea Party. And critics say their tactics border on voter intimidation. Kathay Feng is executive director of California Common Cause. She said Election Integrity Project volunteers call poll workers on small technicalities, and they do things to make voters uncomfortable.