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Donald Trump’s Latest Webpage Tries a New Recruitment Tactic

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.Photograph by Alex Wong — Getty Images

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is worried something might go wrong at this year’s election, and he wants some help to fix it.

Trump recently posted a new webpage to his site asking people to join his brigade of “Trump Election Observers.” The Observers will be tasked with helping the Trump campaign stop any efforts Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could engage in to fix the election, the site says.

“Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election,” a message reads on the site, ostensibly from Trump himself.

Since becoming the Presidential nominee (and even before), Trump has consistently taken jabs at Clinton, called her “Crooked Hillary” and argued that she’s a liar who cannot be trusted. He has also said that he’s concerned she could in some way “rig” the election, despite no claims that Clinton and her campaign were doing anything illegal to that end.

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Many of Trump’s complaints have come on Twitter, where he uses his tweets to lash out at everyone from Clinton to the media, which he also says, is trying to hurt his campaign and road to the White House. “Crooked Hillary,” however, has been a common refrain, and one that likely prompted the sign-up.

However, Trump might have some trouble actually getting his brigade of observers into polling places.

Last month, it was revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice has cut back on Federal election observers and would only allow them to oversee elections and find potential fraud in five states across the U.S. The move was a concerning one for voting rights advocates, who said that the small number of states could make it harder for officials to find areas where voter intimidation could be prominent. They’re specifically concerned that in some states, where racial discrimination is an especially concerning problem at the ballot box, voters could be turned away or pushed to vote against their wishes.

In addition, several states in the U.S. have laws that specifically prohibit certain types of observations or demonstrations around polling places. Campaigning around a polling place, for instance, is one of the many activities a campaign cannot engage in, and voter intimidation by groups or campaigns is prohibited.

That said, there is no indication on the Trump site that the candidate or his campaign are calling on Trump Election Observers to intimidate voters or try to sway their votes. In fact, the webpage is strikingly devoid of much information beyond the brief, aforementioned message. Those who want to join Trump’s Observers are simply asked to provide their name, address, e-mail, and phone numbers.

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The Trump Campaign says it’ll provide those who sign up to become an Observer “more information” at some point in the future.

Neither the Trump nor the Clinton campaigns immediately responded to requests for comment.