RNC Letter Warns Against Vigilante Poll Watchers

Talking Points Memo reports:

Fearful that a decades-old court order blocking the Republican Party from engaging in certain Election Day activities could be extended for many more years, the RNC is warning its members not to engage in poll watching or any other so-called “ballot security” measures.

The RNC’s concerns are heightened because of the vigilante poll watching GOP nominee Donald Trump has been calling for from the stump.

A lawyer for the Republican National Committee sent a letter on the issue Wednesday to RNC members, the Wall Street Journal reported. The letter cites a 1982 consent decree the RNC agreed to after Democrats sued it for activities at polling places that they said were aimed at suppressing the minority vote.

The letter, sent to members from RNC general counsel John Ryder, said that he wanted “remind you of the restrictions placed on the RNC by the consent decree,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“You are encouraged not to engage in ‘ballot security’ activities even in your personal, state party or campaign capacity. If you elect to do so, please be aware that the RNC in no way sanctions your activity,” Ryder said in the letter, according to the report.

The consent decree is due to expire next year, but if the GOP is found in violation it can be extended until 2025. Raise your hand if you think any Trumpanzee will abide by this. (Tipped by JMG reader BK)

  • bkmn

    I was very surprised the lawyer didn’t include the possible penalties for illegal voter intimidation, at least the federal level penalties.

    • goofy_joe

      With the emphasis on the prison penalty listed below.

      Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
      (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 720; Pub. L. 91–405, title II, § 204(d)(5), Sept. 22, 1970, 84 Stat. 853; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

  • Rex

    Rules, we don’t need no stinkin’ rules.

  • You broke it, you bought it, Rince.

  • LovesIrony

    You should remind gopers that killing the president elect is illegal and not patriotic.

    • sherman

      “But we can still put her in jail, right?”

  • PickyPecker
    • Sam_Handwich

      Nostradumbass might be right for once

      • sherman

        He correctly predicted RNC PR BS.

    • Oikos
      • thatotherjean

        There’s bound to be a donnybrook. Although the Bible thumpers generally don’t drink, the fearful, low-information, redneck Trump followers do, and they agree on nothing but Trump–and that just barely.

        • Ali Miller

          100% wrong. Trump 2016! We the people will not accept crooked Hillary stealing the election. Period.

          • thatotherjean

            O RLY? Good luck, then.

          • Ali Miller

            Keep the luck, buddy. You’re going to need it for your criminal candidate crooked Hillary Rotten Clinton. P.S. I’m a educated WOMAN with Black American family who are all voting for Donald J. Trump.

          • agcons

            No one believes you.

          • Ali Miller

            LOL. I suppose you are everyone. Hahahaha. Have a seat, imbecile.

          • agcons

            “A educated” person has no business calling anyone else an imbecile.

          • What a moran!

          • Tim Patterson


          • No you are not – your lack of education is implied by your every utterance. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40876be3993142de6471f46b758f22279c3bf2e84526fab316c004218f1816aa.gif

          • Ali Miller

            Won’t waste my time reading your B.S. but I do want to let you know, you are dumber than a box of rocks if you think WE THE PEOPLE will stand for crooked criminal lying Hillary stealing the election.

            Do yourself a favor, switch off brainwashing CNN & MSNBC and visit the Project Veritas website, watch the nasty Democrats election fraud & Bird dogging videos. Also, check out the 11K Podesta emails on WikiLeaks.org. After you’ve done those things, take a seat in the corner & STFU.

            Have a nice life, imbecile.
            P.S. Bill Clinton is a rapist & has a black son named Danney Williams. Hope that brain full of rocks hasn’t exploded on you yet. 😂😂😂

          • You are such a hoot! Does that hand up your butt put you in a bad mood? I repeat “What a moran”!

          • Craig

            Thanks for the update Melania!

          • PRW

            The people who stand to lose money if they get it wrong favor Hillary by 91%. But by all means, keep telling yourself it’s ‘rigged’. http://predictwise.com/politics/2016-president-winner

          • Ali Miller

            Sorry, FACTS aren’t up for debate. We already have a mountain of proof showing a rigged media, voter fraud and criminal behavior by Hillary Clinton. We will NOT concede a stolen election. Sorry.

          • Craig

            Paranoid Much?

          • PRW
          • agcons

            How shall she steal it?

          • Oh, lookie – it is another empty puppet trying to upgrade to troll. Just does not understand that trolls don’t have a hand up their butts https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e21fdf5024b1b7d52ef3a0a3ebea91a00ce39e826dc8a7754629ddbdbe43fbc7.gif

            Digression – I know that I just go right to puppet but it amuses me to imagine them with a hand up their butt – even if it is their own. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd43a74fa3cfc4ac03e4b53428a8ea0c7a687ab9ea30b537eb94318b9f387070.gif

          • grindstone

            There’s nothing to steal. She will have the votes, she will have the numbers. Trump will not.
            The bulk of women, people of color, and Latinx are voting for her. Former REPUBLICAN presidents and past heads of the RNC are voting for her. The Democratic base are voting for her.
            She wins, he loses.

          • Ali Miller

            Like I told the last Hillbot, I don’t waste my time reading your ignorant, unintelligent posts, but I am highly amused that you Hillbots spend so much time spewing your bullshit NON FACTS to someone who already gave the FACTS about #CrookedHillary. I AM awake and informed, unlike you idiots.
            #HillaryRottenClinton supporters are by far the DUMBEST group of people I’ve EVER encountered in my life! Peace out, foolio.

            P.S. Trump2016!!!!!!

    • bkmn

      The GOP is fucked because the GOP doesn’t set policy anymore. Policy is dictated by Fox, WND, Breitbart, Rush, etc.

    • JesterRedPanda

      Even if they did win, they had already destroyed themselves when they nominated drumph

    • goofy_joe

      Maybe they need to go away and regroup.

      • Jay George

        As long as they go away. 😉

      • geoffalnutt

        Stop at “go away”. Maybe they’d have better luck in Russia.

        • goofy_joe

          The thing is, our democracy works when there are opposing ideas which balance out the results. That’s what I want to see. I want to see the parties involved in our governance both intelligently representing opposing views on important topics.

          • Falconlights

            Problem is, most if not all of the intelligent wing of the Republican Party have left the building. What is left is basically the dregs.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      See you at the funeral.

    • Nic Peterson

      Now that’s the look of a man that is definitely ‘sick of winning’.

    • Rambie

      Oh please, oh please, let it be

    • Cattleya1

      Poor, poor Rinsed Penis – I imagine his resume isn’t going to get him many job offers after Nov 8th.

  • Oikos
    • EweTaw

      I worked that very water pistol game at Lagoon (a low rent fun park in Layton, UT.) when I was a teenager in high school. Very bad memories. Very bad. (shudder!)

    • PickyPecker

      YAY! One of my favorites!!

    • CanuckDon

      Looks like Nightmare on Slurp Ramp!

      • EweTaw

        WBJE! (worst blow job ever!)

  • Lazycrockett

    I would love to see this extended so I think next time I visit the family I will make sure to express to my crazy brother how election fraud is costing Drumpf the vote in rural backass Ohio and he needs to protect freedom.

  • Gustav2

    It is a conspiracy to keep honest Real Americans™ from monitoring the election Crooked Hillary is trying to steal and the RNC is helping!!!!!!!!11!!!!

  • Rex

    The RNC is in damage control and trying to cover it’s ass if they have any hope of ever having a viable candidate again.
    They need to have a talk with John McCain. Saying he won’t advance any SCOTUS nominee of President Clinton is just as bad as Trump saying he won’t accept the outcome of the election unless he wins.

    • bkmn

      The RNC gave control of the party to the right wing media and they will never give it back.

  • goofy_joe

    They are children, and like children, when told not to do something it will only make them want to do it more.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    “The letter cites a 1982 consent decree the RNC agreed to ”

    This occurred during the Reagan Administration. LOL

    • safari

      They kept violating it and getting it extended

      • Kelly Lape

        Something with no teeth is easy to violate.

    • A 35 year slap on the wrist! O!M!G!

  • Blake Mason

    Oh look at you NOW trying to get control of the deplorable-s… how cute.

    • Falconlights

      But the Orange-utan is now unshackled and we see how well that went in King Kong. Rinse, baby, give it up. Trump is gonna do what Trump wants to do and there isn’t a damn thing you can do to save the Rethuglicons from Trump and the Deplorables. Bed. Made. Lie.

  • Sam_Handwich

    it’ll be interesting to see if videos emerge on election day showing voter intimidation, i’m think particularly of PA, OH, AZ, NC, FL

    • safari

      Especially PA because they have very weak voter protection rules when someone contests

      • wmforr

        I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of old, white, Trumpsters in “certain neighborhoods” trying to intimidate a line of Black voters. They will certainly claim the “Hillary thugs” attacked them “for no reason at all.” Which will be proof that the election is rigged, of course.

    • Bruno

      Definitely AZ. The most whackadoodle wild-west Rethuglicans in the nation.

    • Mark

      I expect it to happen here in Texas as well. Especially east Texas and south Texas. There has been a HUGE number of Dems register this cycle….and it’s quite possible things could turn purple.

  • madknits

    A letter. Oooh, so clever.
    What makes this asshat think Trumpettes can read?

  • moebym

    Like any Trump supporter gives two shits about whether the GOP sanctions his actions. They aren’t loyal to the party – they are loyal to Trump.

    • Mark

      and that loyalty is their ticket to sidestep any involvement. Rince – nor anyone else in the GOP – has the guts to stand up to Trump. They know they have lost the Presidential race….now they just want to fuck with the results by not talking down the supporters – who are necessary to win the down ticket races.

    • b

      Orders to the walking dead.

  • Megrim Twist
    • Jay George

      Full on ugly crying with snot running out of their noses and wailing into their phone cameras.

    • bkmn
      • Rex

        It’s family game night at the mobile home park.

        • bkmn

          That boy needs at least a double wide.

      • Acronym Jim

        Via Google image search: “Best guess for this image: inocentes.”


      • Rex

        Loser has to use the treadmill.

      • Jay George

        Clem caught Vern stealing money out of the Monopoly bank again.

        • Rex

          But it was for beer.

      • Acronym Jim

        Does anybody know what that game is? It looks like fun.

        Also, do NOT invite that guy to play Cards Against Humanity.

      • Rex

        Texas Hold ‘Em – Right Wing Rules.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Hang on, if it’s right wing rules, shouldn’t there be guns??

          • Rex

            There used to be, until they shot Granny.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            OMNEG! That made me LOL for real.

          • Falconlights

            You have given me great laughs today, Rex. Thank you because I need them with this insane election.

          • PLAINTOM

            They had to sell the guns to buy moon pies.

        • bkmn

          Any wings at that party were eaten a long time ago.

          • Rex

            He’s not mad that he’s losing, they just told him the wings were gone.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Wait! I think we found the 400 lbs hacker…..

        • Maggie 4NoH8


      • delk

        Now he’s going home to hack the DNC.

        • Ore Carmi

          I was thinking of that too!

      • TheManicMechanic

        Irony, thy name is the treadmill in the background (it looks like one anyway).

      • Falconlights

        Da-yum! If that isn’t the Orange-tan unshackled. Enjoy, GOP. You made this.

      • Joe knows who I am.

        At least he’s out of his hoverround?

  • Oikos
  • PickyPecker
  • EweTaw

    The Mormon Ward House that serves as my area’s polling place doesn’t allow guns, open carry or otherwise. So it might be safe. However, that doesn’t mean I’ll probably be followed around by some old guy looking over my shoulder the whole time I’m voting. They do that. Illegal, I know. But they still do that.

    • SoCalGal20

      You should report them. 🙂

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    This just gets better and better…..not necessarily in a good way. That the Chairman of one of the major political parties actually has to issue such a warning; talk about Banana Republic.

    • Hue-Man

      The only people I’ve ever seen outside a polling station were voters arriving or leaving. The political scrutineers inside were indistinguishable from paid workers – as they’re required to be.

  • bob

    trump will *&^% it up and get an extension ! lol

  • MikeBx2

    Another “we endorse him but don’t agree with him” announcement.

    • Reality.Bites

      To be followed in three weeks with “we’ve never heard of him. Hillary’s a dictator because she ran unopposed after she ordered the Republican candidates murdered.”

  • Mark

    A little late to the tea party, Rincey? Getting Drump’s supporters to stand down….oh wait a minute….you don’t give two shits about HIS supporters…just the GOP goobs!

    The fastest way to contest the election is to allow intimidation and/or violence to occur at polling stations. C’mon, buddy. let your nuts drop. Stand up to Drumpf and his ‘supporters’….

  • Nowhereman

    Oh please please please screw up, ‘baggers!

  • Bill Post

    CYA mode… they can just kick back and say ” we told them not to do it!” … “now about the that Hillary impeachment on January 21st….”

    • bkmn

      That might work for the media but a court that has heard about all the cases of voter intimidation will not give the letter any weight since the acting head of the party (Trump) is actively inciting the very activity they are supposed to avoid.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Jay George

      😀 He needs his Joan Crawford wig for those moves. You know he’s got one.

      • Niblet58

        That was my first thought… Joan Crawford. YIKES!

        • Jay George

          I tried to photoshop her hair onto his head earlier today, but the coloring wasn’t right. Ms. Crawford may have had flaws, but being orange wasn’t one of them. 😉

    • DonnaLee

      Awww….that one hour of debate prep and notes from his advisers can’t beat actual facts and integrity.

  • MikeBx2

    O/T Sorry if a repeat, but I’m just now seeing this…

    • EweTaw

      He’s such a temper tantrum ten year-old.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      That is no poker face.

    • Bryan

      That’s a lot of gritting teeth.

      • Niblet58

        Bet he broke a couple.

    • TheManicMechanic

      As they say on the internet, PWNED!!!!11

    • Blake Mason

      A woman will beat him soundly.

    • trouble94114

      I can’t believe he lost it quite that dramatically! I watched the end of the debate and saw the part where he was folding papers and whatnot, but I missed this particular little gem of self control.

  • geoffalnutt

    He’s simply saying “Do what you want, but now they can’t pin it on us. See! We covered OUR asses”. Obvious as a fart in a library.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I know it’s obvious but we really don’t just sit back and enjoy the delicious fragrance of how this bag of cigar farts and bankruptcies was beaten, handily, by a woman. A woman maybe past her prime, who’d been a friend to him at one time, and who people tell him all day long is evil and crooked. The betrayal he must feel, the anger at how this all played out – he’s a Trump! Naturally, genetically better! And he’s a dude for fucks sake!

    So for every boob he grabbed, every butt, every racial joke that people painfully smiled at, every unfair firing, every capricious, shitty thing he’s done in his capricious, shitty life – you deserve every atom of this, Trump. That it’s eating you alive in real time is great theater, but watching you try so badly to hide that is your just desert.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I don’t see any raised hands.

  • Treant

    What with the Presidential candidate calling for interference at the polls in public and without any coded language, that’s almost certain to get extended.

    Thank you, Donald Trump. Your complete and utter prejudice may have just saved minority voting…

  • 41PC


    The Voting Section enforces the civil provisions of the federal laws that protect the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act and the Civil Rights Acts.

    The Voting Section accepts complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws –
    By email at [email protected] links icon
    By telephone at (800) 253-3931 (toll free)
    By telephone at (202) 307-2767
    By fax at (202) 307-3961
    By complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php

    By letter to the addresses below:
    Voting Section
    Civil Rights Division
    U.S. Department of Justice
    Room 7254 – NWB
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20530


    Sorry GOP lawyers but this letter won’t cover your ass when the voter intimidation is being done at the command of the GOP presidential nominee. As a matter of fact , you are probably already in violation of the consent decree because the GOP Presidential nominee has already called for voter intimidation.

  • TheManicMechanic

    *keeps rather large hands down*

  • Gene Perry

    when you have to warn YOUR OWN PARTY’s poll watchers not to be “vigilantes” then there is something seriously wrong with your party.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    There was an interesting item in the news this morning regarding the Michigan GOP’s plan to send lawyers to polling stations for the purpose of monitoring voter fraud. I wonder if that was before or after old Rancid issued this warning.

  • JT

    Rancid Penis: We’d better rein in the goons this time.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Lol!!! Rinse Pubis still think he yields any significant power in his little GOP castle.

    • Furface

      Yielding power is his stupid human trick; it’s the wielding that’s beyond his ken.

  • Tor

    Trump fans do not listen to the RNC.

  • Richard

    tRump is now the GOP, lock, stock, and barrel. Priebus will be out of a job in a few weeks and the old GOPers will be scratching their heads wondering what happened to their party. Of course they ought to be able to figure it out from the birth of the Teabagistan crowd, to their bigoted, racist obstructionist do nothing politicians in congress. The crazies that voted for tRump in the primaries are now the new GOP.

  • MonochromeMouse

    remember you can call the FEC to report any incidents of voter manipulation or fraud by trump’s people, if you see anyone just standing around in your local polling place make sure to report it, let’s get that law extended.

    • coram nobis

      That’s good, but also inform local law enforcement if you see it, not just FEC. That kind of breach usually goes against state election laws, many of which may have criminal penalties.

      • MonochromeMouse

        oh of course that too, but I’m sure in some communities, particularly small southern towns like where I’m from the local law enforcement wouldn’t be very likely to do anything about it

  • david fairfield

    This is just bizarre. Akin to the crazies who shored up in Oregon, what generation of hillbilly gun totin’ loons is making these threats? To my calculation they should all be at deaths door from a lifetime of tobacco and rotting possum meat.

  • coram nobis

    Poor Reince. He’s realizing he’s not the captain of the good ship GOP, he’s not even the cruise director. He’s the figurehead on the bow, on a ship hellbent on ramming every iceberg in sight.

  • wds

    As if sending a letter to the RNC members will do any good at all … I agree with what someone said on here – the Trumpaloompas only believe in The Vulgar Talking Groping Yam. It will be Trump over party and country for them.

  • WNY

    Everyone share this with as many people as possible because you know the Trumpanzees will definitely be acting up on election day. That decree should be extended to 2025.


  • IamM

    Dear RNC,
    It’s the ignorant, unhinged bully that your party nominated as their presidential candidate who’s goading them to act out, morons. And Trump is far from the only Republican promoting the false voter fraud narrative.

  • bobbyjoe

    “Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail
    that I now ask thee to pardon me? I, who irretrievably destroyed thee
    by destroying all thou lovedst. Alas!”

    • Cboulder

      Fucking love that story and it is frighteningly apropos

  • Cboulder

    I’m sure Trump supporters will heed the words of Poorly Rinsed Pubes. After all, they’ve already shown such deference to the GOP establishment, I’m sure they’ll relent from their conspiratorial rants now that the chairman has weighed in.

  • Soetoro Marx

    Here you have a political party establishment, and that party’s own nominee for President (!), taking two contradicting stances and saying completely opposite things. And, this isn’t the first time in this campaign. Just consider that.

    A party and its nominee(s) are supposed to work in accord, right? At this point, the GOP is completely dysfunctional.

    • another_steve

      That Trump is their nominee in the first place indicates that their party is in a state of collapse. Any viable political party would have pulled the plug on him a year ago. Would have recognized him for what he is and would have never allowed him to get this far.

      Racism and bigotry eats away at its host, always.

      Good riddance to them.

      • Cboulder

        The GOP knows that they can’t win without the crazies, but the crazies have been in open revolt against the establishment throughout the Obama administration. If they want to win anything in the future they have to mend fences with a group that just wants to see the world burn. Boehner couldn’t do it, and I don’t think Ryan could do it even if he offered to get on his knees and blow every last one of them

    • Cboulder

      Well, they had the same trouble when all the Tea baggers were elected to Congress and went to war with Boehner and the rest of the GOP establishment. The party has no capacity to bring the modern Birchers to heel

  • JellyDonut

    I am sure these loons will be dressed in hunting camo wearing Trump shirts toting automatic weapons.

  • Gerry Fisher

    “We’ve been caught doing this crap before, so let’s lay low during this election so we can return to doing it again in the near future.”

  • Stev84

    Best to extend the court order for eternity. Just in case.

  • Randy503

    Good job. I’m sure all the Trump voters read the Wall Street Journal regularly.

  • Jacob

    You’re useless. They will do what they want and we know what that is. I hope the violence is minimal.

  • NancyP

    I don’t understand the consent decree. Does it apply only to Republican officials, officials plus party members, or officials plus party members plus so-called independents who are intimidating non-white individuals?

  • DonnaLee

    I would hope there isn’t a Republican party by 2025.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I do. If there’s no Republican party, we won’t know who to vote against.

      • MaryOGrady

        There will be something to vote against and it will be obvious, I think.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    No, the RNC sanctions gerrymandering instead.