Don’t Intimidate Voters With National Guard Troops

Target: Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

Goal: Order National Guard troops to leave voting stations in Kentucky and turn over staffing positions to civilians.

Louisville, Kentucky, hard-pressed for volunteers for its polling stations, has decided to hold voting at just one location, rather than its normal 511 for 611,000 people. And rather than friendly neighbors and community members, the residents of the city in which both David McAtee and Breonna Taylor were murdered will be greeted by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies and National Guard soldiers and airmen.

The decision to post an increased police and military presence at what is likely to be a hotbed for anger, distrust, and all-but-guaranteed coronavirus infections is irresponsible and illogical. Numerous voters’ rights organizations have pointed out the potential for voter intimidation, intentional or otherwise, in light of recent events. Many residents are likely to be cautious about voting in an unsafe location under the watchful eyes of the same people who were firing tear gas at them very recently.

Kentucky has an obligation to offer peace of mind to its people while voting, and if that cannot be achieved with military and police, they must do so with civilian volunteers, or offer alternative voting options. Sign the petition below to demand that Louisville demilitarize and deescalate its polling places.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Beshear,

Residents of your state’s largest city have been provided with what may be the most dangerous voting station possible, at one location for hundreds of thousands while coronavirus infections are once again on the rise. To make matters worse, this takes place as many Kentuckians are still angry and afraid following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, George Floyd, and the subsequent protests over police violence.

Louisville residents deserve to vote without police or military forces present to scare them away. I demand that you withdraw state military forces immediately and replace them with civilian volunteers at separate locations and with increased provisions for mail-in voting.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Capt. Jason Sweeney




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  1. Karen Redd says:

    God bless you National Guard and thank God you’re there!!

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