Mitt Romney’s campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters’ rights.
Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher training obtained by
ThinkProgress contain several misleading or untrue claims about the
rights of Wisconsin voters. A source passed along the following packet
of documents, which was distributed to volunteers at a Romney campaign training in Racine on October 25th. In total, eight such trainings were held across the state in the past two weeks and 17 since late September.
One blatant falsehood occurs on page 5 of the training packet, which
informed poll watchers that any “person [who] has been convicted of
treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. This is not true.
Once a Wisconsin voter who has been convicted of a felony completes his
or her sentence, that person is once again eligible to vote.
The training also encouraged volunteers to deceive election workers
and the public about who they were associated with. On page 3 of the
packet, Romney poll workers were instructed to hide their affiliation
with the campaign and told to sign in at the polls as a “concerned
citizen” instead. As Kristina Sesek, Romney’s legal counsel who just
graduated from Marquette Law School last year, explained,
“We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned
citizen.’ We’re just trying to alleviate some of the animosity of being a
Republican observer up front.”