The Kansas Republican Party plans to have a statewide network of GOP lawyers ready to intervene on Election Day, and it will analyze close races for potential legal action — as its director warns of “dubious tactics” from Democrats. The network of attorneys is part of the Republicans’ plan for a poll-watching program as well as an Election Day war room with a complement of lawyers on standby. The party will target some polling locations for all-day observation and is urging candidates, county officers and precinct leaders to become poll agents (often called poll watchers) and visit polling locations. The Kansas Republican Party’s poll-watching operation is detailed in a Sunday email from Clayton Barker, the organization’s director. The email, obtained by The Topeka Capital-Journal, begins with a reminder of the election’s consequences.
“Warning: The Kansas election could determine the balance of power in Congress. The Democrats have a well-earned reputation of using dubious tactics on election day to boost their vote results. We must be vigilant to detect any problematic conduct and report it immediately,” Barker’s email reads.
In the email, Barker writes that poll watchers will be looking for improper procedures, such as poll workers not requiring a voter ID, allowing unqualified voters to vote, improper electioneering in or near the polling place, improper assistance to voters or intimidation of voters and disorderly conduct.