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Training held for volunteers interested in becoming poll watchers

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Republican nominee Donald Trump has claimed voting fraud could swing the election, leading to a push for observers at the polls.

"We are just monitoring all of it as much as we can to ensure people have the fairest access to the ballot," said Linda Hoff, with the Flint area League of Women Voters.

The league hosts a non-partisan training session on Tuesday for volunteers who want to become poll watchers for the upcoming election.

"Making sure if people don't have a photo ID that they are allowed to sign an affidavit and still vote. They are looking for anyone who gets turned away from the polls to figure out why they might get turned away. Are they at the right precinct? That kind of stuff," Hoff said.

Poll watchers have limited powers. They do not need credentials and they don't have to be registered to vote.

Hoff said their only job is to keep a close eye on what's really going on.

"The biggest analogy is you are the fly on the wall watching what is going on. You are speaking, you are monitoring, but you are not interfering with what is going on," Hoff said.

Poll watchers can report voting mishaps to the precinct captain and ask voters who were turned away why once they leave the polling place. Hoff said the poll watchers write a report about everything they see.

"Our records go off to the state league, the national league, the election committee. It goes off to a lot of different people, the lawyers group, a lot of different groups to make sure the election goes by smoothly," Hoff said.

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