THAT, my friends, is a real head-scratcher. But the state elections board is citing concerns about potential “intimidation” in their request to local elections officials to keep police away.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest doesn’t like it. His gubernatorial campaign issued this statement:
Gov. Cooper’s appointees on the State Board of Elections are so anti-police that they are attempting to order uniformed officers to stay away from polling places. The State Board of Elections has issued a memo that seeks to ban police officers from patrolling and providing security at polling locations. If their services are, in fact, needed at the polls, officers would be ordered to not conduct police business in uniforms — only plain clothes.
The State Board of Elections has no jurisdiction over police matters. They do not have the authority to mandate when, where or how uniformed police officers do their jobs. This memo is insulting to the men and women in uniform and raises troubling questions about why the Governor does not want security on-site at polling places where many will be gathered exercising their Constitutional rights.” […]
People are having real concerns for their personal safety at the polls. They’ve seen the rioting goons in Portland, New York, Chicago, Raleigh, and Asheville. Senior citizens, here in Moore County especially, are voting absentee to avoid having to be in the vicinity of their polling place. Sounds like some real Third World ‘banana republic’ stuff, eh? Welcome to the post-Obama world.
Banning the cops is little more than some blatant pandering to the Democrat base (i.e., Black Lives Matter, Antifa). A lack of cops makes it easier to bully and vandalize. Does everybody remember The Black Panther Party thugs loitering at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 and making a concerted effort to glare menacingly at white folks coming to vote?
The only argument I could see for making a rule like this is if a sheriff’s race is on the ballot. An incumbent’s uniformed and armed deputies hanging out at the polls might prove to be a little intimidating to some people. (Vote for our boss. We like our jobs. You like your house and car where they are and the way they are, don’t you?)
I’ve always found that the presence of at least one or two armed officers keeps things nice and quiet and orderly. People tend to rethink their ambitions of mayhem when they see badges, handcuffs and guns on-site.