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Wisconsin GOPers, Like RNC, Signing Up, Paying Pole Watchers

At a glance

  • In Wisconsin’s Brown County, the local Republican Party says it has signed up 100-plus poll watchers and is working to recruit more volunteers
  • The Wisconsin effort appears just part of a larger GOP initiative. 
  • The Republican National Committee reportedly has started a multimillion-dollar effort to recruit tens of thousands of poll watchers and workers and has hired dozens of staff to monitor voting.
  • Many Republican voters remain skeptical about the results of the 2020 election in which then-GOP President Trump lost reelection.
  • Supporters of the polls watching argue the efforts helps ensure the GOP’s turn-out-the-vote efforts.
  • Democrats are raising concerns that having partisan volunteers could intimidate voters or election officials.

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