Maine County GOP Puts Out Flier Urgently Recruiting Poll ‘Challengers’

The Androscoggin County Republican Party in southern Maine put out a flier this week looking for volunteers to serve as poll “challengers”. Their responsibility is to monitor who’s voting and challenge a voters’ eligibility in certain cases. This is not the first time Republican poll challenger efforts could cause problems in Maine. The Morning Sentinel notes that in 2003, “Republican volunteers challenged 50 of 374 voters at a precinct near the University of Maine,” purposefully singling out college students. (Election officials ultimately threw out all 50 challenges as baseless.) Meanwhile, the Portland Press-Herald criticized the Androscoggin County GOP in an op-ed Thursday, writing that “Republican fliers looking for volunteers seem to be interested in making it harder to vote.”