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    The Obama campaign is very organized in protecting the right to vote, and very strategic about how they deploy those resources.

    In Ohio, I was part of the poll watching team in 08.  The Obama campaign actually used thousands of lawyers volunteering as poll watchers, which I thought was a brilliant move.  

    However, Ohio rules stated you had to be a resident of Ohio to actually be in the polling place.  As I lived in Kentucky, I had to remain 200 ft from the polling station.

    The Ohio lawyers in my area got assigned mostly to Democratic precincts in Cincinnati so they could be inside.  There were also multiple watchers at most of those locations, as it was felt they would have more work to do in protecting voters in those areas.

    Since I couldn't be inside the polling place under state law, I was assigned to work solo at a polling station in the very Republican suburbs in Clermont County and there was no one actually in the polling place itself.  

    My job was mainly to educate voters on the way in about the rights and let them know to come seek me out if they got challenged.  Only two voters came to me as having been turned away, but remarkably enough, it was the only two black voters who tried to vote at that polling place.  I took reports on the incidents from both of them and passed them on to the Obama legal team in Ohio for use in the event Ohio was close enough for the courts to get involved.

    There were also 4 or 5 times throughout the day that I had to call in to report numbers, so they could track turnout operations and tweak them on the fly if necessary, along with a conference call in the afternoon to let us know if they were seeing any patterns or wanted us to be on the lookout for anything in particular.

    In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

    by Cixelsyd on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:59:04 AM PDT

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