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If you see something weird or discomfiting or arguably illegal going on at your polling place tomorrow. don't post about it here.  Or, at least, don't post first.

You've got two choices tomorrow as to where to phone in your information, and I'm going to advocate doing both.  First off, there's Obama Voter Protection:

Call 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (1-877-874-6226) and let them know what problems you're seeing.  If you can't get through, use this online form and/or call your local campaign HQ.

Alternately, or in addition, I strongly encourage you to call Election Protection, a nonpartisan organization:

We all love being able to break news here about what we're seeing, but what matters most tomorrow is giving that information to people who can do something about it .  And then ... wait, what are you doing at a computer in the first place on Election Day?  Get out there.  Do More Than Vote.

Lawyers like me will be at polling places all over the country tomorrow to protect every citizen's right to vote in an atmosphere free of intimidation, coercion and deception.  But we can't do anything if we don't know what the problem is.  So don't post it here -- call it in.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:20 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks (8+ / 0-)

    Hotlisted.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mahatma Gandhi

    by The Termite on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:20:59 PM PST

    •  Talk to poll volunteers (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      The Termite, Waterlaw99

      Obama's campaign will have poll watchers in the battleground states.  Here in MO, that includes a credentialed observer who stands behind the election judges inside the polling place, PLUS one or more volunteer poll watchers outside.  If you see something weird going on, talk to us.  We have hotlines to "boiler rooms" of attorneys who can file motions for temporary injunctions, call county election officials, etc.  Please let us know if you see something.

      Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

      by milton333 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:14:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Obama's campaign will have "Goon Squads" (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Adam B

        The "Goon Squads" are actually known by the campaign as Enfranchisement teams, or anti-disenfranchisement teams. After we were recruited, we joking named ourselves "Goon Squads"

        We will be busy doing GOTV work at headquarters until we get a call telling us someone is experiencing intimidation outside a polling place. When we get the call, we go to the polling place, make sure the voters are safe, and that they know we are there to help them. We will communicate with the intimidators, and attempt to get them to leave the polling place willingly. If they will not, we will shadow them, and prevent them from indimidating voters until the boiler room gets the police to the polling place, or obtains an injunction.

        The goon squads each has four members: one lawyer, and three union members. We were recruited in part because we are all somewhat large, though our plan is to be respectful, and not physical.

        The upshot is: if you see trouble at a polling place, tell the Obama Voter Protection folks. (The ones wearing green buttons that say "Voter Protection") They will be located both inside and outside the polling places where we anticipate trouble, and they will be able to get the goon squads to the polling place quickly if they are needed.

        "Balance" does not require giving equal time to truth and lies. - E.J. Dionne, Jr.

        by Waterlaw99 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:00:21 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Very good advice. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        milton333

        I'm one of those Election Observers for the Obama campaign in Philadelphia.  It's part of the whole voter protection team effort.  I'll be paired with an Official Poll Watcher inside, who has status to observe the machine handling and each voter's access.  We'll be outside to keep the other shenadigans to a minimum.  And yes, we have a direct line to a specific local "boiler room" of lawyers back in Chicago, ready to leap to our assistance.

        Have no fear, folks; the Obama team has this one covered.  If you see something tell us, and we'll make sure it's dealt with promptly.

        Conservito delenda est!

        by Stwriley on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 04:20:25 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Absolutely, absolutely... (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          milton333, WatermelonGrower

          Talk to the voter protection representative from Obama's campaign.  If you're in a "battleground" state, chances are there will be one at your polling place.  In Indiana, I and about 1,500 other lawyers will be scattered all across the state tomorrow.  We know the law and will be watching for any hint of trouble, including long lines.  And we have a line to the state's boiler room in Indianapolis, which is staffed with lawyers ready, willing and able to help out, including calling on state or county authorities for action and filing for emergency injunctions if need be.

          All those years Obama spent watching the Bears are paying off---the best offense is a good defense!

  •  if you have a camera (7+ / 0-)

    and somebody is being denied the chance to vote, take pictures,...the victim, the victim's ID, the polling place, etc.  Document Document Document

    I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain

    by route66 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:21:24 PM PST

  •  I'm amused to a point (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    New Mexico Dem, seattlegirl

    That all the major news networks are asking people to report stories of voter intimidation...

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:22:08 PM PST

  •  Always make the call (3+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, boofdah, seattlegirl

    also if you are being disenfranchised unfairly, tell your caller that you want to talk to the media about it. I went to a training class for the Ourvote organization and they are told to only suggest this if they think the caller will be comfortable, but they do have a direct line into MSNBC.

  •  What can I do in New York (NY)? (2+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, boofdah

    I feel so left out.

    Victim of the *other* war America is waging.

    by nephalim on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:22:54 PM PST

  •  Apparently Obama has released (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skywaker9, boofdah

    a manual to vote protectors H/T Ben Smith. Sounds like they really going into the details.

    "We were warriors then, and our tribe was strong like a river" - Hunter S Thompson

    by GonzoLegend on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:24:07 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the info and reminder (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skywaker9

    This is the only way to fight the fraud.  

    Whether you like it or not, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS!!!

    by lostinamerica2711 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:24:25 PM PST

  •  The price of freedom... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MagisterLudi

    Hyperbole will be the death of us all!

    by MrHinkyDink on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:25:34 PM PST

  •  I am bringing a camera. (3+ / 0-)

    It also takes video. If anything goes down at my polling place, people will wind up on youtube, and the video will go the authorities.  It also helps to snap photos of license plates of offenders to more easily track them down.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:26:02 PM PST

  •  1888-Ve-Y-Vota (3+ / 0-)

    For Spanish language assistance!

    -7, -4.46 "You see the world as it is and ask why, I dream of things that never were and ask why not?"

    by PoliOperative on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:26:13 PM PST

  •  AFTER folks report properly, (6+ / 0-)

    I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a voting irregularity mothership diary rather than scores of separate diaries reporting problems?

  •  I'm anxious. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Heart of the Rockies

    I'm so anxious hat I'm blogging in the middle of a Birthday dinner at my house!!! The Birthday-boy is not happy.

    The Shape Of Things "Beware the terrible simplifiers" Jacob Burckhardt, Historian

    by notquitedelilah on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:26:56 PM PST

  •  Just a thank you to (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Heart of the Rockies

    all you wonderful lawyers and lawyer types out there protecting the vote.  I thank God you're there.  

    We (thankfully) have an old fashioned voting both with the pull thing which closes and opens the curtain.  My voting place is in a converted barn.  Yep.  A barn.  Very historic (read old) poll workers (who have been doing this for decades) will be there.. and no one, I mean no one, is going to mess with the votes on their watch.  

    Melissa
    (Tappan, NY)
    OH YES WE CAN!!!!

    Dissent is Patriotic

    by mwjeepster on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:27:11 PM PST

  •  everybody, add these numbers into your phone! (4+ / 0-)

    we need to take these numbers with us.

    Mr. Puddles? Mr. Puddles, where are you? Has anyone seen my dog? Mr. Puddles? I have snausages.

    by krwlngwthyou on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:27:27 PM PST

  •  Adam B--please repost this tonight & tomorrow. (4+ / 0-)

    Great info--needs to be seen by all who visit.

    The White House will be The People's House--B.Obama

    by Phil S 33 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:27:35 PM PST

  •  Can you post this a couple of more times (2+ / 0-)
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    mwjeepster, GonzoLegend

    so that people who don't see it will pick up on it later today, tomorrow morning, etc.?

  •  Overseas voters who didn't receive their ballots (3+ / 0-)
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    davidkc, wondering if, GonzoLegend

    can still vote. I diaried about this today here and I think it's important.

    Overseas voters who have not received their absentee ballots can still vote! Democrats Abroad believe overseas votes skew toward Obama. So please check out the diary for further information and spread the word.

    A comment from Justina - Look! She can vote!

  •  As an elections inspector here in (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    susans, New Mexico Dem

    Ventura County, California, I have reported irregularities to both "roving inspectors" and the county registrar's office. Neither has ever acted on those reports, nor even so much as responded to me regarding them. Instead, I was placed on their "inactive" list...blackballed from working at the polls. DO NOT expect any cooperation from elections officials.

    •  That is totally ungood (1+ / 0-)
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      socalmonk

      I'm a pollworker in Long Beach, CA and have been for several elections. The inspector (also returning) is a Democrat and an attorney with the Public Defender's Office. I guess if we run into problems, whatever she does "officially" I will call the diaried numbers.

      Adam B, if I think I need to make those calls and will be an election official, would you advise I do so surreptitiously?

      •  That happened on my fourth election cycle... (0+ / 0-)

        first three were as a poll clerk. If you encounter a problem, please do call the diaried phone numbers, else the problem might never see light of day. Overtly or covertly is your call, but remember you may run the risk of being black-balled.

  •  I'm in Los Angeles (0+ / 0-)

    Nothing ever happens out here, not even long lines. Never seen a line to vote in my years of voting out here. I was a poll watcher in 2004, and it was a big nothing.

  •   ~ 10 Days Ago: check additional links... (0+ / 0-)

    . . . Problems at the Polls...

    bg
    ____________

    "We in the gloam, old buddy," he said, "We definitely right in the middle of it." -Larry Brown

    by BenGoshi on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:28:38 PM PST

  •  Thanks so much for doing this (0+ / 0-)

    It is a sad commentary on the state of our democracy that lawyers such as yourself have to be at the polling places to ensure that citizens are not denied their right to vote. Voter suppression is something that is real and should be a concern to all of us, not the absurd claims of socialism coming from the wingnuts.

  •  Call the Police... (0+ / 0-)

    or at least say you're calling the police.

    You'd be surprised how fast that threat gets the rats to scurry off for their dark hiding spots.

    Sarah the Secessionist and John the Trophy Husband.

    by wastelandusa on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:29:52 PM PST

  •  Also... Bring blankets. Bring Coffee. Bring fold- (0+ / 0-)

    ing chairs, or anything that will ensure those who may step out of line will reconsider.

    :::

  •  For what it's worth, Tuesday will be a good day.. (0+ / 0-)

    ... to vote, with the weather in most of the country looking pretty nice -- so Republicans will have to manufacture reasons to suppress turnout.

    The only exceptions seem to be the Carolinas and Virginia, where there's a big storm offshore, and North Dakota/Wisconsin, where there's some rain on the border.  (Washington and Oregon always have rain -- it's not an issue there).

    So having an advantage in the early voting in the Carolinas and Virginia might really result in added advantage when all is said and done!

  •  Mike Connell, Rove's IT fixer, testifying today (0+ / 0-)
  •  Poll-Watching (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mcfly

    I voted early, and I am taking tomorrow (my birthday) off to do poll-watching at the polling place on NIU campus in DeKalb.  Sure, Obama is safe in IL, but we have to tap the enthusiasm to keep Bill Foster in Congress and elect Ryan Gailey to the State Senate.  I actually live in the 16th CD, and have campaigned for Bob Abboud, but decided that my election day efforts would be better spent in DeKalb.

    No kids? No conscience? Vote Republican!

    by NormAl1792 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:30:23 PM PST

  •  Also add your local... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SpamNunn

    Election Commission number to your phone. Have these numbers ready if you need them.

  •  I'm working Obama's voter hotline in FL (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Adam B

    from 7 to 5 tomorrow.  We all received special training today for dealing with calls on election day. They told us the Obama campaign has 5,000 lawyers stationed all over Florida to respond rapidly to any problems.

  •  Adam / Kos can I suggest you place this info (0+ / 0-)

    in a constant spot on the front page perhaps next to the polling info (or instead of).

  •  Montreal Canadian US college students not getting (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    GonzoLegend

    absentee ballots.

    Here is my potential supression story:

    My daughter is a student at a university in Montreal, Canada. She is a registered permanent absentee voter from California.  She never received her absentee ballot. The local Elections office has verified to me that they sent her a ballot on October 6th.  I also verified that the address they used was correct.  I would not think much of this, perhaps it got lost in the mail, except for the fact that four other students in just one of her classes, a German class this morning, all US absentee voters, also did not receive their ballots.  This is too coincidental.  These are students who live off campus and rely on the local Montreal post offices for mail delivery.

    I have contacted the CA Secretary of State's office and ask that this be investigated.  They took down the information, but I am not sure they will follow through.

    BTW- the Obama phone number only tells you where to vote, it has NO help in voter supression issues such as overseas or out of country voting.

    There are no other numbers on Obama's website either.

    I will call the Election Protection hotline.

    McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

    by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:32:22 PM PST

    •  can I guess? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      GonzoLegend

      They didn't put enough postage on it to leave the country.

      •  Who didn't put enough postage- the elections dept (0+ / 0-)

         here has a person who's only job is sending ballots to out of state voters.  My daughter never got the ballot, neither did any of the other students.

        McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

        by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:44:15 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  students are from various parts of US (0+ / 0-)

          it is highly unlikely that four different elections departments all made the mistake of not putting on enough postage to send to their voters in Montreal.

          McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

          by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:49:35 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Follow up call from the Sect of State of CA: (0+ / 0-)

            In a recent call I received from the CA Sec't of State:

            He assured me that the elections department DO put enough postage to send to out of country voters, the issue is then did the USPS send it to Canada? The USPS is very reliable, so then the question remains, did the Canadian postal service deliver it to Montreal?

            The Sec't of State will send a letter to the postal service of Canada and wait for a reply.  The person calling me said Canada has a history of this problem, but less so than other countries.

            So, if you know of someone, particulary from CA, please call the Sec't of States offices to report any out-of-country voters that did not receive their ballots:

            1-916-657-2166 CA Sec't State Elections Investigation Unit

            McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

            by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:31:37 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  follow up: Obama campaign calls me (0+ / 0-)

              to find out what happened with my daughter and her fellow college US absentee voters in Montreal Canada.

              The person from the campaign is going to call back with a number to call for the US Attorneys office.

              BTW- I had emailed the local rep for my town for Lawyers for Obama, and left my phone number, which is where I am assuming this call originated, although I did not ask. It was not easy to find this email address, however, and that is not how it should be.

              If the Canadian postal service is lacking, we may yet find out.  

              McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

              by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:22:57 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

  •  Hey Adam--gonna be standing shoulder-to-shoulder (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Adam B, GonzoLegend

    ...with you and your colleagues in FL tomorrow all day as a poll watcher. I'm planning on being vigilant (despite getting very little sleep as I'm posting signs tonight from midnite-4). Coffee rules and so do you!

  •  Get Pictures, Video and Audio (0+ / 0-)

    Use your cellphone to snap pictures of voting problems, and video if you can. Practice tonight if you've never used your camera for this. Get your "smart niece" or whoever can help you do it to show you how.

    As a last resort, just dial your own phone#, put your cellphone on speakerphone if you can, then record the audio of what's happening on your voicemail. Someone else can help you retrieve it and pass it around later if you need help.

    Not only will lawyers find live recordings of "red-handed" voting problems helpful in pursuing justice, but the corporate mass media will have a lot harder (too expensive) job spinning it down if the nation is awash in amateur recordings of the story, perhaps going viral and threatening their gatekeeper gig.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:33:36 PM PST

  •  also (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Adam B

    there may be a lawyer from the campaign at your polling place (esp. if you live in a swing state). I have signed up to do this tomorrow.  Our instructions are to help ANYONE who is being unfairly prevented from voting.  If you see one of us, ask.  More likely, we will say something to you if we see something happen that we think is wrong.

    Do what Adam says, of course, but you may get help before that.

    I am aware of all internet traditions

    by mcfly on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:34:24 PM PST

  •   forward to your entire address book!!!! n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

    I don't understand why there are long lines anywhere.  Shouldn't the United States elections be prepared for everyone to vote?  Whether everyone votes or not is beside the point.  The state should assume every eligible person will vote and plan accordingly.

  •  RedState (0+ / 0-)

    I actually got an email from them with McCain's voter problem hotline as well.  It's nice to see that voter protection is a priority for the other side, too.  Though, to be fair, they do ask in the email for us to watch out for "fraud and intimidation".  Fraud, right.  Well, whatever -- that's another number to call, even if only so that you can make the Republicans do work on behalf of Obama voters.  Hehe. (:

    "The 'Honest and Open Election Hotline' has been launched by the McCain campaign to help voters find their polling place and report fraud, and intimidation.  The phone hotline can be reached at 866-976-VOTE."

    I'm not voting tomorrow -- the whole not being a citizen thing -- but I'll be cheering on!  I can't wait to celebrate President-Elect-to-be Barack Obama tomorrow night!

  •  This is not correct, at all. (0+ / 0-)

    You've got two choices tomorrow as to where to phone in your information, and I'm going to advocate doing both.

    You have three choices, and this one is the best first choice:

    Your County Board of Elections is the entity that, legally, can do the most the quickest to resolve any voting issues.  Anyone else would need to see the assigned elections judge for your court vicinage (or whatever they call it in your state) and seek assistance.  There is very little that any outside agency can do without court intervention, so I would always call them first, and document that I did so.   Then call your designated party officials or election day team.

    Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:38:08 PM PST

    •  Elections Offices will be hard to reach (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Adam B, mcfly

      I've been volunteering for the Obama voter protection hotline for Florida the past few weeks, and we've received many calls from people who told us they could never get through to the elections offices to verify their registration status, absentee ballot status, etc.  Tomorrow I would urge people in Florida, and probably other states, to call the Obama voter protection hotline  for their state first.  There are 5,000 voting rights attorneys stationed all around the state to respond rapidly to any problems that are reported.  Not only can they help individual voters with their problems, but the hotline will look quickly for patterns that are being reported and responde quickly to fix them.

      •  This advice is irresponsible. (0+ / 0-)

        You need to document that you brought the problem to the attention of the responsible bi-partisan Board of Elections, not a partisan watch dog group that has no immediate power to correct a problem.   Waiting 30 seconds to make a second call won't kill anyone.  

        Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:52:31 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  agree, either contact your local elections office (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          SpamNunn

          or your STATE secretary of state offices.  They will then have legal authority to follow through.

          McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

          by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:55:13 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  errr .... (0+ / 0-)

          .... either of the lawyer groups one calls can instruct the caller to make that call as well.  Moreover, each county is different as to how these disputes best get resolved.

          •  call the Obama number you list- (0+ / 0-)

            what help is it in the context of voter supression?

            McCain:economic policy shaped by lobbyist

            by eyesonthestreet on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:58:16 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  depends on what's happening (0+ / 0-)

              But I don't trust a nonpartisan board; I trust lawyers and courts.

            •  None. I understand the desire to amass as much (0+ / 0-)

              ammunition as possible, in the unlikely event that McCain snatches a victory from the jaws of defeat.  If Gore or Kerry had collected a sufficient volume of statistics on voting problems, they could have more easily justified an extended recount.  

              The Obama campaign is being very smart here, and will be prepared on the off chance that a close swing state goes Red, but delaying that first call, or not being able to document that first call to the Board of Elections is, in my opinion, ill advised.  I am an attorney and I will be challenging here in NJ on Election Day, and I know whereof I speak.   We get hotline numbers and we have direct access to the poll judges here and, in my experience, even threatening to make the call to County solves most problems.  

              Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

              by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:03:52 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

  •  Still concerned... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm still worried that the election has already been stolen with all the voter list purges and other associated dirty tricks. I've already voted early (in person) here in WV. I just remember 2000 and 2004. I also remember Karl Rove commenting that our elections are run like those in a banana republic these days...and he was gloating about it.

    I'm steeling myself to hear on Wednesday morning that somehow McLame has "pulled victory from the jaws of defeat." There's no way for that to happen, unless this election was rigged well in advance.

    "...Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." Richard Feynman

    by QuestionAuthority on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:39:04 PM PST

  •  Shit... (0+ / 0-)

    .. I'm so nervous!! So excited... but damned nervous!!

    Shit.. I'm not even a US Citizen.. I can't vote :o( ... But I'm so excitedly nervous!!! :o/

  •  Important Note from Adam B (0+ / 0-)

    Especially in light of the continued inflammatory rhetoric from our opponents - just the sort of thing to throw out to ensure civility and politeness on Tuesday:

    Sarah Palin has really ramped up her rhetoric, suggesting during a stop on Monday that Barack Obama thought terrorists were "the good guys."

    "What do they think?" she declared at one point. "Do they think the terrorists have all the sudden become the good guys and changed their minds? No, the terrorists still seek to destroy America and her allies and all that it is that we stand for: freedom, tolerance, and equality. The terrorists have not changed their minds."

    More Palin Prattling of a Dangerous Ilk

  •  To everyone thinking of bringing cameras to your (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Adam B, davidkc

    polling place, please visit the Center for Citizen Media here for sound advice and some regulations by state of what may and may not be allowed by each state. Do not do anything illegal. It's best to report suspected illegal activity to authorities rather than engage in possible illegal activity yourself.

  •  I got my voter protection assignment: Milwaukee. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    davidkc

    I am excited and nervous.  I heard that in 2004 there were more people in line waiting to vote when the polls closed in Milwaukee than Kerry's margin of victory in WI.  But we are going to try and prevent that this time.

    RebelCapitalist - Financial Information for the Rest of Us.

    by dennisk on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 12:48:08 PM PST

  •  About that number... (0+ / 0-)

    Today I made a choice to phonebank for Obama (first time for me) instead of doing what I normally do (work at home public relations calls). I've found the media uninterested in anything but election angles so I logged on to the Obama site and signed up to make calls in PA.

    Mostly I got machines, but I spoke to some senior citizens for Obama. They were concerned with needing help at the polls to vote (they "didn't understand touch screen machines." I walked them through what I know and gave them the 800 number.

    When done, I called the 800 number and kept getting a VM saying "no one is available to take your call."  Very frustrating and worrisome.

    Can you comment?  I wrote down the names and numbers for these ladies and would like to get back in touch.

    Thxs.

  •  Another choice: Protect the Vote is at the polls (0+ / 0-)

    The Democratic party is organizing volunteer attorneys at many polling places.  I'll be volunteering in Norfolk, VA.  Look for people with buttons that say "Protect the Vote."  We will have access to more attorneys at a central location assembled to take calls and help resolve any problems.

    Some attorneys will actually be in the polling place.  Others may be located outside--depending on state laws.  

    I actually have a tremendous amount of confidence in Virginia to get things right. Our state has been very well managed in recent years by Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.  But if you have a concern look for the Protect the Vote button.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    And one thing everyone can do is encourage people who may be put off by having to stand in a long line.  As you finish voting, if you have the time, say an encouraging word to people in line and if you can offer water, a piece of fruit or crackers, an aspirin, the use of your cell phone, a folding chair, or any other small thing, DO IT!  

    "Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion." C.Bronte

    by Agatha X on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:05:11 PM PST

  •  Yeah, well in Boston we're still waiting for... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Election Protection to get those of us scheduled to work tomorrow the materials and assignments we need.

    We were supposed to get these last Friday, now it's Monday afternoon and all is silent from Election Protection.

    WTF?

    Will the last one out of democracy please turn out the lights?

    by Apphouse50 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:26:30 PM PST

  •  I put the number on speed dial (0+ / 0-)

    Although, I don't expect too much trouble out here in Hawaii.  Voting has always gone smoothly where I vote.

    On the front lines of the energy crisis.
    Peak Oil Hawaii

    by Arclite on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 02:19:11 PM PST

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