Trump And Allies Keep Claiming Republican Poll Watchers Were Banned—That’s A Lie

From Nov. 10, 2020:

President Donald Trump, during an address to the nation on Thursday, attempted to delegitimize and attack the integrity of the 2020 U.S. election by falsely asserting that election officials in Pennsylvania and Michigan tried to ban Republican observers from polling stations, an accusation for which he provided no evidence.

“In Pennsylvania, Democrats have gone to the state Supreme Court to try and ban our election observers,” Trump declared Thursday evening, adding, “They don’t want anybody watching them as they count the ballots.”

This is untrue, as there is zero evidence of Democrats attempting to ban Republican representatives from observing the counting of votes.

The president is seemingly referring to a case adjudicated Thursday morning in which the Trump campaign was requesting closer observation of the ballot canvassing process in Pennsylvania, but legitimate poll watchers were never systemically barred from any location.

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