We’ve been keeping an eye on the efforts of True the Vote, a Tea Party project accused of organizing voter-intimidation schemes. One True the Vote leader has told volunteers their goal is to give voters a feeling “like driving and seeing the police following you.”
As msnbc’s Zach Roth reported today, True the Vote was blocked today from operating in Ohio’s second largest county, after the outfit was found by election officials “to have submitted irregular signatures in a bid to gain access to the polls.”
“True the Vote doesn’t have any observers in Franklin County today,” Zachary Manifold, a member of the county’s Board of Elections told msnbc.com Tuesday morning.
In a statement, True the Vote denied doing anything “illegal or unethical.”
True the Vote’s absence from polls in Franklin County could allow voting to proceed more smoothly there. In 2008, Barack Obama netted over 116,000 votes there, more than in all but one Ohio county.
The decision to block True the Vote was endorsed by election board members from both parties.
The Columbus Dispatch explained that the group received support from several candidates granting them access as poll observers, but most of those candidates later withdrew their support, saying True the Vote officials misrepresented themselves and their intentions.
What’s more, True the Vote is accused of falsifying forms requesting observer status in some precincts, and the county elections director said the group may face a felony investigation after today’s election.