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Conn. Republicans Recruit Poll Watcher 'Army'

Polling Place Sign
Craig LeMoult
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WSHU
A sign stands outside a voter polling place.

Connecticut Republicans echoed a call from the Trump campaign by asking people to sign up for what they call an "army" to monitor polling places.

State Republican chair J.R. Romano said in an e-mail the party wants volunteers to monitor every polling place in the state. Romano’s language mirrored that of President Trump’s campaign in targeted ads to supporters.

Republicans were bound by a consent decree that prevented them from poll watching for decades. That decree expired in 2018. The campaign says it already has more than 50,000 poll watchers across the country.

President Trump has repeatedly said without evidence that voter fraud will compromise the election’s integrity, and has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.