BOSTON (AP) — Interfering or intimidating voters at polling locations is illegal, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said.

The Democrat said she felt the need to issue the advisory on Thursday following statements by President Donald Trump raising the possibility of calling up law enforcement officials including sheriffs and police chiefs to monitor for potential cheating at polling locations.

State law prohibits intimidation of voters and interference with elections officers by anyone, including law enforcement officers and private citizens, Healy said.

She said local police officers stationed at polling places to assist local election officials are generally barred from entering the immediate voting area, unless requested to assist the chief election official at the polling place.

Federal law specifically bans the military or other armed federal officers from being present at polling places, except to “repel armed enemies of the United States,” she said.

The president also cannot order state and local law enforcement officials to monitor the polls, according to Healey.

While it’s also illegal for private citizens to intimidate voters, there are permissible ways to observe and monitor polling locations.

Poll observers are allowed inside the polling place, unless they are disorderly or obstruct the access of voters, Healey said.

They may observe polling place operations but under no circumstances can they intimidate, threaten, coerce or otherwise interfere with a voter’s right to cast a ballot, she added.

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Comments (5)
  1. Petercat says:

    What? Who finds the presence of Police officers at a polling place intimidating? Why?
    Is America on a path to crazy?

  2. SO ARREST BLM AND ANTI FA THEN… what a clown AG

  3. “She said local police officers stationed at polling places to assist local election officials are generally barred from entering the immediate voting area, unless requested to assist the chief election official at the polling place.”

    what a lie. we always have a cop inside the polls. we feel safer with them there. you are a clown. TRAITOR HEALEY….

    TREE OF LIBERTY IS THIRSTY

    1. coch01 says:

      “immediate voting area” not inside the polls, a$$hat.

  4. Mike Mercier says:

    She’s still making up rules as she goes. The AG is so, so afraid of the Orange man, the Constitution and what will actually happen at the polls this year.

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