Voting is underway across America and we are already starting to see instances of voter intimidation from the right. A Miami, Florida police officer named Daniel Ubeda was pictured at a polling place in uniform while also wearing a Trump 2020 mask. Attorney Steve Simeonidis who is chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party said, “he may have been going to vote. But he was in full uniform with the mask and a gun. That’s voter intimidation.” Indeed the stunt did appear to violate a Florida law against officers of the state coercing or influencing the votes of other people.
What’s amazing about this story is that this officer who has sworn an oath to uphold the laws didn’t even seem to know or care that he was breaking one. Donald Trump at his rallies and even during the first debate encouraged his supporters to go and monitor the elections. This is illegal for them to do if they aren’t approved poll watchers, yet the president still encourages it. We will no doubt see more of these instances of voter intimidation from Trumpists including on Election Day itself.
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