Based on escalating rhetoric from the presidential candidates amid charges of a rigged election and the possibility of violence state polling officials across the country are tightening election-day polling security measures for the Nov. 8 election. They are doing it in a subtle way, behind the scenes, so as not to give a sense of heavy-handedness that might intimidate voters. The increasing tension in the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with a third and final presidential debate set for Oct. 19 one state election official said is palpable.
The tension is increasing
“This election is unlike any before,” said Chris Whitmire, South Carolina Election Commission spokesperson. In some states for example North Carolina, election officials are meeting with law enforcement officers to coordinate efforts to keep election-day a peaceful event. Police officers are being given the location of polling stations so they can be summoned in case of trouble.
The stridency of the campaign has increased in recent weeks. Republican Donald Trump, slipping in the polls amid charges that he groped and made improper advances toward women, has repeatedly made accusations that Democrats are trying to steal the election from him. Last week a Republican Party office in North Carolina was firebombed and on Monday a GOP headquarters in Arizona received a bomb threat.