Armed poll watchers: New Jersey's cautionary tale ahead of the 2020 presidential election - 2020-08-10
In the history of voter suppression in the United States – including attempts to stop Black and Latino people from voting – Republican tactics in the 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial race are worth highlighting.
That November, voters in several cities saw posters at polling places printed in bright red letters. "WARNING," they read. "This area is being patrolled by the National Ballot Security Task Force."
And voters soon encountered the patrols themselves. About 200 were deployed statewide, many of them uniformed and carrying guns.