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Fairfield police prepared to respond to voter intimidation at polls

Police in Fairfield say they always patrol the polling places during Election Day, but this year they're ready to respond to incidents of voter intimidation if they occur.

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2020, 5:39 PM

Updated 1,329 days ago

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Police in Fairfield say they always patrol the polling places during Election Day, but this year they're ready to respond to incidents of voter intimidation if they occur.
With scare tactics and voter intimidation seen across the country during early voting in some states, police in Fairfield say they want to make sure people feel comfortable at the polls.
"It seems that this election seems very divisive," Capt. Robert Kalamaras says.
Political signs have been stolen and vandalized across the state.
In Fairfield, a Westport man was charged with breach of peace after he allegedly shouted insults and profanities at the Democratic Town Committee Headquarters.
"Sometimes those opposing opinions come out during voting time," Kalamaras says.
Kalamaras says that over the last several weeks, Fairfield police have received numerous emails and phone calls related to some anxiety related to Election Day.
"We are going to let the national and local intelligence provide us with the type of posture we need to take. If we have an incident at a certain polling station, we're, of course, going to show up and resolve that incident," Kalamaras says.
He says police will be in contact with the poll moderators throughout the day.
"We feel that we have a role in guarding the democratic process. And that we are going to ensure that our process in the town of Fairfield is properly run and secured, and people will feel safe going to the polls."


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