happens to himself be a vicious antisemite.
He’s scary. Happy Halloween!
Lawyers head for battleground states to monitor vote for Obama, McCain
Lee-Anne Goodman, THE CANADIAN PRESS
WASHINGTON – Hanging chads, court interventions and Jews who were stunned to learn they’d actually voted for Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore.
The painful memories of the 2000 election, when George W. Bush’s disputed victory in Florida ended up winning him the White House after the Supreme Court intervened, are alive and well this U.S. election.
Teams of lawyers for both the Democrats and Republicans are heading to key battleground states to keep a close eye on the polls on election day.
The Democrats put out a call for volunteers earlier this year and tens of thousands of lawyers responded, eager to help ensure that Americans need not fear a fraudulent election result on Tuesday night. More than 5,000 of them are headed to Florida alone.
“I am sick and tired of all this incredible activity devoted to denying people the right to vote,” Mark Levine, a Yale law school graduate who hosts his own political radio show, “The Inside Scoop,” in Washington.
Levine will be in the newly pro-Democratic state of Virginia on election day, keeping an eye on a polling station, driving people to the correct station if they’ve come to the wrong place and rectifying any problems they might have encountered while trying to cast their ballots.
He’s been working at polling stations every election day since 1996, but says the 2000 contest truly angered him because of the many bogus attempts he says he saw by Republicans to prevent people from voting.
“They’re still determined to keep Americans from voting, and in particular minorities who they know are strong supporters of the Democratic party, and whatever their intent may be, it becomes racist when they go through lists and centre people out with ethnic names,” he said Thursday.
“The Republicans say we’re at war in Iraq to promote democracy and that this is something we should fight for, and I believe this is something we should be willing to fight for in America as well. So that’s why I do the work I do on election day.” (more…)
I have seen the future.
And it can happen five days from now.
With your help.
At dinnertime, I received a robo-call.
I thought the robocall said it was from SurveyUSA, a respectable polling organization.
They asked me if I was a registered voter.
They asked me if I was going to vote for McCain.
They asked me if I was going to vote for Obama.
They asked me if I wanted my taxes cut.
They asked me if my opinion about Obama would change if I knew he would raise my taxes.
They then launched into telling me something about Obama and taxes that was strange and long and detailed and obviously false and made me realize this was definitely a “push poll” and possibly not SurveyUSA.
They asked me if I was pro-life.
They asked me again if knowing what they told me to be true, would I change my vote for Obama?
The call ended with words said rushed and low, that the survey was paid for by “Americans United to Preserve Marriage 703-861-7042”
On my caller ID, it said: AIC2008Res 703-263-0619
If a clerk in the voting registar’s office mistypes one of your social security numbers or drivers’ license numbers, you could lose your right to vote!
In Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State is throwing people off the voting rolls for this without warning.
In Florida, the Republican Secretary of State is doing the same. The Florida Legislature has declared “no match, no vote” so even if you did everything right and THEY made the mistake, you STILL will lose your right to vote unless you vote provisionally and then, within 48 hours, come back to verify your identity.
In Ohio, Republicans are demanding that 200,000 Ohioans have their vote challenged if, for example, their social security card says “William” but their voting card says “Bill.” Or if your driver’s license says you live on “1st Street” while your voting card says you live on “First Street.”
In Virginia, areas with large minority populations and college towns have fewer voting machines per registered voter than white, rural areas and the Republican Secretary of State has declared it illegal for county voting officials in these areas to purchase or lease voting machines to take care of the discrepancy.
In Florida, the Republican Legislature has sharply restricted the availability and hours of early polling locations.
The list goes on and on. Republicans will do anything to keep you from voting, even though they can never point to a case of actual, in-person voter fraud. (What American would risk five years in jail to add one vote to his/her candidate?)
But there is good news too. People are fighting back. (more…)
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