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Poll monitors work to ensure Florida voters have access to polls

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Alejandro Santiago
WFSU Public Media
Leon County poll worker monitors the ballot dropbox outside of the Leon County Courthouse.

Poll monitors with the NAACP have been keeping an eye on polling sites in North Florida to make sure all voters have access to the ballot box.

Antonio Ingram is a poll monitor the Legal Defense Fund. He says they’re also keeping an eye out for violations of state and local election laws.

“We’re making sure that there are not any broken poll machines or that voters aren’t having trouble voting at locations or locations being closed, perhaps. Being turned away or closing early or not opening up on time, in addition to really making sure there aren’t sort of intimidating factors, whether it be law enforcement or third parties that are impeding the right to vote for individuals.”

Ingram says his team didn’t find any problems with early voting in Leon County. Last week, the Legal Defense Fund identified violations in Okaloosa County.

The Legal Defense Fund sent a letter to the county’s elections supervisor Tuesday requesting the removal of a sign that read “Republicans Vote Here,” posted within 150 feet of two early voting sites.

Ingram says next his team is heading to Jacksonville to monitor polling sites on Election Day.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.