Know your rights: Georgetown U. group details laws against voter intimidation
The Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, based at the Georgetown University Law School in D.C., has published a state-by-state series of 50 fact sheets regarding what is and isn’t allowed with regard to gathering inside and outside voting sites.
On Wednesday, they published guidance for law enforcement officials.
Each state has different laws, but there are three common threads:
- Private militias are not legal;
- a group doesn’t have to call itself a militia to be acting as one;
- intimidation is in the eye of the voter.
“The only lawful militia is a state militia, and that’s based on historic text of the Constitution and Supreme Court interpretations,” Mary McCord, a former acting assistant attorney general for national security and legal director of the institute, said at a briefing Monday.