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Reports Suggest Team Romney Plans On Misleading Voters: VIDEO


Maybe Mitt Romney's team is worried he can't beat President Obama in Wisconsin and Iowa or maybe Mitt has just never had to play fair in his life.

Regardless, ThinkProgress has unearthed documents and video that suggest Romney's camp is hoping to mislead or disqualify voters in Wisconsin and Iowa to benefit his campaign.

With regard to Wisconsin, Scott Keyes reported earlier this week that the Romney campaign has been giving poll watchers an erroneous handbook misrepresents the law, or in some cases simply lies.

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 for Iowa, the campaign had posted a video on YouTube in which they instructed poll watchers to make sure all Iowa voters have an ID and to report any who do not. If someone fails to show an ID, they are instructed to "alert the legal team so they can handle the problem". But there is no problem, because there are no voter ID laws in Iowa.

Realizing they had been found out, Romney's team took the misleading video down, but ThinkProgress preserved it and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. So a poll watcher will take guidance and counsel from just anyone with pamphlet or video?

    Posted by: Eddie in OKC | Nov 2, 2012 9:33:28 AM

  2. So a poll watcher will take guidance and counsel from just anyone with pamphlet or video?

    Posted by: Eddie in OKC | Nov 2, 2012 9:33:29 AM

  3. It's no different from how he's run his campaign so far. Conceit, lies, and cheating: Romney's life's work.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Nov 2, 2012 9:39:06 AM

  4. Poll watchers are partisan representatives of the various political parties - they can't prevent people from voting but they CAN challenge ballots. Basically they're training them to be dicks to anyone they think might vote for the other candidate - not exactly in the spirit of free and fair elections.
    Republicans - trying to turn the US into a 3rd world dictatorship since 1968. USA USA USA!

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 2, 2012 9:45:27 AM

  5. Has the Romney "I'll say anything you want me to say if it'll get me your vote" campaign ever been anything but deception? I fear he'll win; as a Mormon, he was raised on salesmanship and emotional blackmail.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Nov 2, 2012 9:49:34 AM

  6. Hmmm, shocker...

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 2, 2012 10:26:48 AM

  7. So in other words, voter intimidation.

    I can't say I'm surprised but it's still pretty shocking. I'm hoping news cameras catch them in the act early in the day and show Ohioans what's really going on. I wouldn't be entirely opposed to a few "poll watchers" getting their @sses handed to them either.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 2, 2012 11:22:31 AM

  8. This is sort of like the coach of a football team being allowed to put on a referee's shirt during a game. You can say that he's now an "independent observer", but he's not.

    Elections should be taken out of the hands of partisans of any party. The ability of a party to control the conditions of an election is just inviting abuse.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Nov 2, 2012 11:58:03 AM

  9. So, is this what they teach in the Mormon Church?

    Posted by: mike | Nov 2, 2012 12:05:49 PM

  10. In other news, humans breathe oxygen.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 2, 2012 12:27:26 PM

  11. i mostly want the election to be over so i dont have to constantly scroll through random biased political stories on a gay blog.

    Posted by: Steve B | Nov 2, 2012 1:05:33 PM

  12. Well, Steve B, I can think of one way you'd never have to scroll past stories "biased" toward gays and those who support us (and on a gay blog no less!) ever again.

    Perhaps if you put your thinking cap on you'll figure it out. Besides, I'm sure Free Republic would welcome your input since the GOP has such a "big tent."

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 2, 2012 1:30:38 PM

  13. We only have ourselves to blame. When the Republicans stole the election in Florida for Bush we all sat back and let them do it. We didn't press politicians to charge anyone with fraud and we didn't ask them to put anything in place to stop it happening again. That's why it's happening more and more each election. We have no deterrent.


    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 2, 2012 5:33:29 PM

  14. @Mike: as a matter of fact, it IS what they teach in the Mormon Church. Do a Wikipedia search on the phrase "Milk Before Meat" (Mormon usage)

    Posted by: BZ | Nov 2, 2012 7:05:41 PM

  15. SOME poll watchers are partisan. Because the US is a member of a UN-sponsored international group of poll watchers, we are obligated to allow them to monitor our elections. Since their founding in 1990, they have been here for many elections. It's only this year that the right-wing has raised a ruckus. (especially Texas)


    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 3, 2012 1:44:57 AM

  16. I signed up to be a Republican poll watcher. I greatly doubt that instructions vary significantly from state to state. What is being published in this story is false. Poll watchers are told not to interfere with voters in any way. We just report information. The only liars in this campaign are Obama and the Democrats. Just because something is in print--such as Obama ads against Romney or this story--doesn't mean they are true.

    Posted by: Peggy Whited | Nov 5, 2012 12:51:52 PM

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