Romney campaign and Wisconsin Republican Party linked to voter harassment and intimidation training

When you consider how that in 2011, Republicans have promoted the Koch Brothers-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voter photo ID legislation in at least 35 states. The Brennan Center For Justice has an exhaustive analysis summarizing that “Fourteen states have passed restrictive voting laws and executive actions that have the potential to impact the 2012 election, representing 185 electoral votes, or 68 percent of the total needed to win the presidency.” All of these laws are spawned by the Republican myth of “rampant” voter fraud, which has continued to be proven as a “problem” occurring in the 0.0004% range.

Beside using photo ID legislation to disenfranchise voters from performing their basic American right with voter intimidation efforts, Republicans and the Romney campaign want to use bullying tactics to scare voters from voting or make it more difficult. It turns out that the Wisconsin Republican Party is up to this vicious set of tactics and have been exposed for training poll watchers to use erroneous information. Some of the training materials found show what they are up to regarding voter harassment while hiding their own political affiliation at the polls:

Here are four misleading or incorrect pieces of information distributed by the Romney campaign:

CLAIM: Any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. (Page 5) FACT: Once a person who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, including probation and fines, that person is eligible to vote.
CLAIM: Page 8 lists 10 items as “The ONLY Acceptable Forms of “Proof of Residency”. FACT: The list used is incomplete. There are many other documents people can use to prove residency that are not included, such as letters from public schools, student loan papers, correspondence with a Native American tribe in Wisconsin, vehicle registration, and food stamp correspondances. In addition, the list fails to mention that homeless voters may use an affidavit from a public or private social service agency as proof of residency.
CLAIM: “If a handicapped voter is unable to come into the polls to vote, an assistant can deliver the ballot to the voter if the CEI verifies the elector’s proof of residency.” (Page 10) FACT: Under Wisconsin law, the CEI (Chief Election Inspector) does not have to verify proof of residency so long as the voter is registered.
CLAIM: “Election Observers should not assist [voters].” (Page 10) FACT: A voter can ask for assistance from anyone, including a poll watcher, so long as the voter initiates the request and does not engage in electioneering.

Romney Volunteer Observer Training

Source: Think Progress

If you want some serious blow-by-blow evidence of the Romney campaign delivering misinformation to poll watchers via a former beauty queen, check out Root Siren.

Another component in the Republican dirty tricks arsenal has been to have ominous “voter fraud” billboards reminding voters of the legal penalties for voter fraud in minority communities in Milwaukee as well as in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. Fortunately, many of those billboards have been removed, but the messaging certainly has been inflicted in those communities.