November 02nd, 2020
From the Cheshire Registrar of Voters
For several weeks now, President Donald Trump has issued public memos to his base of followers to volunteer and be poll watchers at polling sites around the country on Election Day.
Media reports indicate there is a concern that these "poll watchers" could be voter intimidators and might harass voters on election day.
Cheshire Registrar Tom Smith said that sentiment has been taken into consideration in town and isn’t expected to be an issue.
“Regarding these “poll watchers,” any political campaign activity within 75 feet of the polls is illegal,” Smith said. “Our office’s position (Cheshire Registrars office) is that if you’re not a voter, a worker, an accredited member of the media, an unofficial party checker pre-registered with us, or have permission to have, say, a baked goods sale on the premises, you have no business being inside that 75-foot line and will be required to leave.
“No interference with voting will be tolerated. What the public does beyond the 75-foot perimeter is not under our control. But we will be in touch with our staff throughout the day and should there be any disturbance, we will not hesitate to call the police.”