TAMPA, Florida – It’s a hashtag that’s trending on Twitter. The president calls on his supporters to enroll in an “Army for Trump”.
“This is definitely a new time and era for politics, voting and campaigning,” said attorney Charles Gallagher.
Steve Cortes, Florida senior strategy advisor for the Trump campaign, says the phrase is metaphorical.
“We want to be active, we want to organize, we want to form a coalition and we want to convince the American people to vote for us,” said Cortes.
In a tweet, the president encouraged supporters to sign up as election observers, and there are various ways on his website to “get involved” in the fight for Trump.
“We are concerned about fraud, that’s a real concern, and I don’t think it’s conspiratorial. One of the best ways to prevent it from happening is to let the people out there know who can support us, who the Track polls, “said Cortes.
And while anyone can register as an election observer, there are restrictions prohibiting election observers or electoral judges from promoting a candidate while working at polling stations.
“It’s not possible for people to wear party or candidate t-shirts or clothes or whatever in the actual polling stations,” Gallagher said of volunteers.
However, voters can wear hats, shirts, lapel pins, etc. that show a candidate’s support.
However, in Florida, you cannot be intimidated or campaigned within 150 feet of a polling station.
“Whether it’s verbal, whether it’s holding up some signs in front of someone to make them feel uncomfortable when they go to the polling station to cast their votes, to cast their vote,” said Gallagher.
It is a crime related to criminal offenses. The Pasco County election officer says anyone who does not register as an election observer and shows up on behalf of a particular party will be asked to leave the “No Solicitation” sign. If they refuse, law enforcement agencies will be dispatched.