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Forum Post: Voter Suppression on Election Day in Key Swing States

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 6, 2012, 7:18 p.m. EST by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR
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Voter Suppression on Election Day in Key Swing States

Ari Berman on November 6, 2012 - 6:04 PM ET

This afternoon the 1-866-Our-Vote Election Protection Coalition did another press briefing about voting problems nationwide on Election Day. The major issues are in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, in addition to New Jersey, which is struggling to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and has extended voting until Friday at 5 pm. See the links for more information on voting reports in each state.

Let’s start with Pennsylvania. As I reported earlier, poll workers in the state are telling a number of voters they wrongly need ID to cast a ballot, and voters in Bucks and Montgomery County in the Philadelphia suburbs have been wrongly turned away from the polls. Signs in Bucks, Butler and Erie counties also wrongly told voters they needed photo ID to vote.

In addition, scores of longtime voters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have been told they are not on the voter rolls and must cast a provisional ballot. Such ballots will not be counted until up to seven days after the election. Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer said the city had received as many provisional ballot requests as of 3 pm today as they had for all of 2008. Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, said voters were not on the rolls due to administrative errors or an unannounced voter purge. First-time student voters have also been facing major problems in the state. “At least several hundred first-time voters going to polls near or on college campuses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are reporting apparently being left off the rolls at the locations on their voting cards and having to vote by provisional ballot,” according to US PIRG. “Additionally, the confusion is creating particularly long lines, further endangering turn out for voters in those precincts.”

A proliferation of provisional ballots is also a major problem in Ohio. In major counties like Hamilton (Cincinnati), voters are wrongly being told that the address on their voter ID must match their address on the voter rolls or else they must cast a provisional ballot. A proliferation of provisional ballots could determine the outcome and/or delay the results of the election in the Buckeye State, thanks to an eleventh-hour directive by Ohio GOP Secretary of State Jon Husted. In addition, there have been reports of voting machines breaking down in cities like Cleveland and Akron. Students are also being targeted in Ohio. According to Evan Gildenblatt, president of the student body at Kent State University: “Hundreds of students across state have been forced to file provisional ballots, have been intimidated and are being turned away for bogus ID req’s. As student body prez of the second-largest state school, I’m appalled.”

Florida has experienced long lines, power outages and broken voting machines. In Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, 12,000 voters received a mistaken robocall from the supervisor of elections stating that Election Day was tomorrow. This seems to have an honest mistake and has since been corrected.

Finally, there have been long lines throughout Virginia, particularly in Democratic areas in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads. Five-hour lines were reported in Chesapeake.

As of 5 pm, the Election Protection Coalition had received 71,849 calls to its 1-866-Our-Vote hotline.

[This problem is the exclusive work of the RepubliCon Cult, alone. Like nearly all of the problems we have, CU, Global Warming, RW biased MSM, and on and on]

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[-] 0 points by Coyote88 (-24) 1 year ago

Oh those terrible republicans! We should put every one of them in a concentration camp!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Perhaps just the RINO's in office - the ones running for office have not committed treason - yet - as far as I know - well certainly not on the same scale - they have just mostly taken advantage of the treason committed by those in office - oh I suppose after inciting it as well. OH almost forgot as they are more quiet - include the DINO's as well.

[-] -1 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Pretty sure the T-Potty took care of all the RepubliCons in Name Only, and also any Con left with a decent or sane brain cell left in their heads. RW extremists are all we have left, and the cause of nearly all our problems, despite the curious bias of exclusively Dem blame on here. Not a word about blue dogs either. Hmm? Must be "Obummer" and the "Democraps" fault.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

DINO's are real - just ( thank God ) not as plentiful yet as RINO's.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

RepubliCons in Name Only (RINOs), are history, thanks to the Koch and Rove contrived veer to the right known as the T-Potty.

My correction: DINOs might be what "Obummer" and "Democraps" bashers are referring to, there are still a bunch of them (Blue Dogs).

There's a difference, let's promote the knowledge.

Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown [Not DINOs] won!!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I saw the warren projection announcement - good to hear about sherrod.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Looks like dems keep control of the senate.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Your state stayed blue, too. Is it the Franken or Mondale [also not DINOs] influence?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Franken seems to be genuine - and has backed Bernie Sanders quite a lot. Mondale has always been a pretty good guy for supporting the people.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

But I guess they are just "Democraps" according to conventional OWS Forum wisdom.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Not by me - I have always pushed issues and not people or parties. Actions and inactions.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

If you want to end Con filibuster, gridlock, obstruction and hostage taking, YOU NEED NUMBERS!

When Grover Norquist just wants Cons with the singular ability to sign his pledge, we have to fight back with numbers.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

And involvement - the people need to get involved in a major way.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Even after this protracted campaign season, only a minority participated.

The people "campaign" to incite more people to execute change and reform at the ballot box.

The zombie GOP base, the Ditto Heads, the Hillbilly Taliban will always turnout for the Cons, Big$ turns out for itself/GOP/1%. Somehow we have to get more People to turnout for the 99%. When we fight and fracture ourselves, we doom ourselves to status quo! Unite and Win!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Perhaps this time around we can get the people involved with recalling RINO's who continue to put up roadblocks.


[-] 1 points by WSmith (1195) 3 minutes ago

Cons have continued their hold and influence on our government and will blithely continue to block any and all reforms (like revoking CU) at will, and dummies, newbies and dupes will continue to blame "Obummer and Democraps."

"people are starting to look around and pay attention"? Is that the same as naval gazing? I'm afraid the more they look, the less they see.

The information age has been hijacked by disinformation. ↥twinkle ↧stinkle permalink

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Not if we keep getting our terms wrong. "RINO": RepubliCons in Name Only, meaning fake Cons, or Dems in Con clothing. They would be a good thing.

Cons (real Cons) do the blocking.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26790) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

This happens with outreach and education and supporting campaigns like Move to Amend. There are so many issues so many campaigns that the people can support/push the same way.

The conversation is changing - people are starting to look around and pay attention. It is a slow process until you reach a certain point in bypassing the information blackout of the MSM.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Cons have continued their hold and influence on our government and will blithely continue to block any and all reforms (like revoking CU) at will, and dummies, newbies and dupes will continue to blame "Obummer and Democraps."

"people are starting to look around and pay attention"? Is that the same as naval gazing? I'm afraid the more they look, the less they see.

The information age has been hijacked by disinformation.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

OK! Until there are openings at the Hague, sure. Afterward, GITMO!

[-] 1 points by Coyote88 (-24) 1 year ago

Should the republicans be put on trial at the Hague? Under what charges?

[-] -1 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Treason!

[-] 0 points by Coyote88 (-24) 1 year ago

And the Hague tries Americans under charges of treason to.......who?

[-] -1 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Crimes against humanity go to the Hague. The RepubliCon Cult is a CAH in itself. Especially the Bush-Cheney crime family.

[-] 1 points by Coyote88 (-24) 1 year ago

Why do you want Americans subject to foreign law? And where does it end? If an American kills a non American should they be tried in the Hague?should we just hand over our sovereignty and constitutional rights to the Hague?

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1974) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Why do you want to create a straw-man argument? Should we invade countries that terrorists groups (we have a problem with) might live it?

[-] 1 points by Coyote88 (-24) 1 year ago

You didn't answer the questions. For myself, I do not believe in subjecting our Constitution law to foreign powers.