Trumka Promises More than 2,000 Union ‘Poll Monitors’ in Battleground States

By Patrick Burke | November 1, 2012 | 2:58pm EDT

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (AP Photo)

( - Setting the scene for possible post-election legal challenges, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said his unions plan to deploy 2,000 “poll monitors” who will be linked with lawyers around the country as a way to prevent
"voter suppression" in states such as Ohio.

During a media conference call on Thursday, Trumka recalled being at an early voting site in Las Vegas where he saw “challengers inside.”

“We’re going to have over 2,000 people that are going to be available as poll monitors that’ll be connected to a number of lawyers around the country. So that if they [the opposition] attempt to deny them the right to vote, or hassle them we’ll be able to have a rapid response team that will respond immediately to that and protect them,” Trumka said.

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“That will be up in the core states like Ohio, where we think there could be problems and so we’ll challenge those everywhere we can and protect the votes,” he said.

Trumka said AFL-CIO has a call-in number for voters to report instances of alleged voter suppression.

“We’re encouraging people to report any problems to our 1-866-OUR-VOTE number,” he said. “We want to ensure that working family voters know how to get information about elections in their state as well as who to call if they have trouble on Election Day.”

Also on the call was AFL-CIO Political Director Michael Podhorzer, who along with Trumka discussed AFL-CIO’s final campaign efforts leading up to Election Day, particularly in battleground states such as Ohio.

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