Fox 5 News reported the New Black Panther Party held a press conference the day before the Senate run-off and announced: “they will position armed patrols at several polling places in the Atlanta and Savannah areas.”
The Black Panthers and other armed groups say they will position armed patrols at several polling places in the Atlanta and Savanna areas between 7:00 AM-11:00 PM.
“No one will come and touch, harm, threaten, do anything to any person walking into that voting booth to exercise that right,” organizer Khallida Ramla Bastet said Monday during a press conference, according to Fox 5.
“This is a legal position that we are taking. We are in position so that if anything happens to anyone, we are here to offer you legal representation. We are here to offer you security. And that’s that. And may the best person win,” Bastet said.
Recall the outrage from the left when two armed men in tactical gear were hanging out and observing a ballot drop box in Mesa, Arizona. That was “voter intimidation”, but apparently the New Black Panther party patrolling polling places is not.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and County Recorder Stephen Richer expressed their concern for the safety of voters in a joint statement on Saturday that read in full:
“We are deeply concerned about the safety of individuals who are exercising their constitutional right to vote and who are lawfully taking their early ballot to a drop box. Uninformed vigilantes outside Maricopa County’s drop boxes are not increasing election integrity. Instead, they are leading to voter intimidation complaints. Although monitoring and transparency in our elections is critical, voter intimidation is unlawful. For those who want to be involved in election integrity, become a poll worker or an official observer with your political party. Don’t dress in body armor to intimidate voters as they are legally returning their ballots. No matter how you choose to vote in Arizona, you should feel safe doing so. We will do everything possible in our roles to protect voters, election workers, and our free and fair elections.”