Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is calling President Donald Trump’s pledge to send law enforcement to polling locations the equivalent of voter suppression — and she says she won’t allow it here.
“We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have hopefully, U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody, and attorney generals,” Trump told conservative television host Sean Hannity late Thursday, as reported by The Washington Post.
But Colorado’s elections are already secure and that responsibility must be left to trained election professionals, Griswold said in a statement.
“Sending law enforcement to polling locations is designed for voter intimidation rather than election security, indistinguishable from tactics used against Black voters in the Jim Crow South,” she said.
The president’s comments follow his repeated claims — without offering details or evidence — that an election more reliant than ever on mail-in ballots will be fraught with fraudulent and inaccurate results.
That’s in spite of the fact that Colorado, one of five states that conduct automatic mail-in elections, is the country’s gold standard for safe and secure elections, and the presidents remarks have been rejected by experts and Republicans and Democrats here.
“Suppression tactics the President is suggesting cannot be tolerated in our nation, and I will not allow President Trump to send law enforcement to polling locations to intimidate voters,” Griswold said.
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