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Armies of election monitors to be deployed in California

October 24, 2012 |  8:51 am

Battle lines are being drawn in California between conservative election monitors and other groups who worry their efforts may discourage some people from votingBattle lines are being drawn in California between conservative election monitors who say they are intent on preventing fraud in the Nov. 6 election and other groups, including California Common Cause, who worry those efforts may discourage some people from voting.

The conservative Texas-based group "True the Vote" has held training in California for volunteers, and says on its website that it encourages people to serve as election monitors and to aggressively pursue fraud reports.

"True the Vote is a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith and integrity to our elections," the group's website says.

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and California Common Cause have scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference in San Diego to announce plans to send their own poll watchers to voting places to make sure potential voters do not face intimidation.

"It is vital for our democracy that everyone who is eligible to vote shows up to the polls and is able to have their voice heard," Yee said.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Assemblyman Leland Yee (D–San Francisco). Credit: Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

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