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DOJ Voter intimidation in Wisconsin

The Republican Attorney General in Wisconsin, J.B.Van Hollen, has assigned approximately 50 DOJ criminal agents and state lawyers to monitor polls in 12 areas on Nov. 4.  

Van Hollen has a history of working directly with the GOP on a previous FAILED election lawsuit against the Government Accountability Board which was designed to seeking to review -- and potentially disqualify -- the names of as many as 1 million eligible voters whose names appear on the state's poll list.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argued that his current actions will ensure compliance with state laws governing elections.

These assistant attorneys general and special agents have been trained on election law, voting rights and the responsibilities and rights of election observers and are prepared to assist state and local election officials as well as law enforcement.

"An individual's right to vote and have that vote counted is the foundation of our democratic system," said Van Hollen. "Citizens also have a right to vote in fair elections, untainted by election fraud. The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that every citizen's right to vote in a fair election is protected."

Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle has denounced this act as part of a national effort by Republican Party leaders to "try and raise questions" about the voting process and prevent some voters from casting ballots.

Doyle added "The attorney general has no authority in this state to supervise elections."

The areas most affected are Democratic strongholds in these 12 regions: Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha, Racine/Kenosha, Beloit/Janesville, Wausau/Stevens Point, Hudson, La Crosse, Appleton/Fox Valley, Eau Claire, Green Bay and Superior.

Bloggers and voter advocates are recommending that voters bring cellphone to fight back against any kind of intimidation at the polls.

Originally posted to BoBo2020 on Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 05:56 AM PDT.

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