An election-day manual issued by the Democratic National Committee urges local operatives to stir up talk about potential voter intimidation even if there is no evidence.
A section of the 66-page manual [pdf file, obtained by the Drudge Report, says, “If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a ‘pre-emptive strike.'”
The Democrats’ plan will be distributed in dozens of states, according to Drudge, who says a top DNC official confirmed the manual’s authenticity.
The official claimed, however, that the notion of crying wolf on any voter intimidation is “absurd.”
“We all know the Republicans are going to try to steal the election by scaring people and confusing people,” the top DNC source explained.
The manual advises local Democrats to:
Issue a press release
i. Reviewing Republican tactic [sic] used in the past in your area
ii. Quoting party/minority/civil rights leadership as denouncing tactics that discourage people from voting
Prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; providing talking points
Place stories in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics
Warn local newspapers not to accept advertising that is not properly disclaimed or that contains false warnings about voting requirements and/or about what happens at the polls
More to come … .