Lawyers’ Group Reports ‘No Systemic Problems’

November 4, 2020by Erik Larson and Laura Davison, Bloomberg News
Ballots are checked at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis in a file image. Minnesota?s one-week extension for counting mailed-in absentee ballots in November went before a three-judge federal appeals court panel on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said Tuesday that the election so far appears to be successful in terms of in-person voting despite some isolated incidents.

Voters at on Missouri polling location were asked about their COVID testing status, Clarke said, and at a Pennsylvania location, a uniformed state constable was photographed allegedly blocking a doorway. The group, which Clarke said works with 42,000 legal volunteers to troubleshoot voters’ problems at the polls, has received 22,000 phone calls from voters this year, she said. Even so, she said things are going smoothly.

“We’re not seeing major systematic problems or attempts to obstruct voting,” Clarke said. “I think this speaks to the success of historic voter protection efforts which really aimed to empower voters so they were armed with as much information as possible about how to participate in the election amid the pandemic and it appears those efforts made a difference.”

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