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Army Of Volunteers Helping To Combat Voter Fraud

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Posted: November 3, 2016 
 
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Polls shows most voters from both camps say they will accept the election results even if their candidate isn’t the winner, but there are still concerns about voter fraud.
 
CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen reports how volunteers are trying to make sure that the voting is fair.
 
Advancing Justice California held a class Thursday to educate volunteers.
 
Language barriers concern officials because people could be pushed to the back of the line or brought into a booth with a better English-speaking person who could influence their vote.
 
“It’s shady and that’s not cool,” Justin Kalolo with Empowering Pacific Islanders Communities said. “We need to make sure people are being treated fairly.
 
A representative from a pro-Trump group says in recent elections she’s seen poll monitors go into a booth with someone confused, which is not allowed.
 
“The possibility is that they could be leading them on where to put their votes,” Janet West, of We The People Rising, said.
 
Over 600 trained, volunteer poll monitors will cover more than 900 polling places in 25 counties across California to protect the rights of limited-English proficient (LEP) voters on election day, including 200 volunteers covering 400 polling sites in greater Southern California.
 
Current state and federal law requires the presence of translated materials to LEP voters. Given the growing fear of possible voter fraud and intimidation, poll monitors will also report any major issues, including harassment or intimidation. 
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