WHITING, IN - MAY 03: A sign hangs on a polling place door on May 3, 2016 in Whiting, Indiana. Indiana voters are casting ballots today to decide Republican and Democrat presidential nominees.
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IMPD to Be on Alert for Voter Intimidation Complaints

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indy Metro Police will be on guard Tuesday to make sure no one harasses you when you go to vote.

Minnesota has gone to court to block an out-of-state security company’s attempt to put armed guards at polling places, and Florida sheriff’s deputies chased off two armed men who pitched a tent outside a Saint Petersburg polling place. IMPD Homeland Security Commander Tom Sellas says he hasn’t heard of any similar plans in Indy, but says with heavy turnout expected, police want to be ready for any problems.

Sellas says Marion County Election Board members will join IMPD and state troopers at IMPD’s emergency operations center Tuesday to track what’s going on across the county. Police won’t be patrolling polling places — that itself has been ruled to be voter intimidation. Sellas says they’ll only go to vote centers if there’s a need for law enforcement. He says they’ll leave it to pollworkers to handle things like electioneering complaints, but they’ll be ready to respond if voters are being harassed.

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