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The Republican voter suppression brigade lost a lot of battles this year in its effort to impose overly restrictive photo IDs on citizens who want to vote. The U.S. Department of Justice and the courts, both at the state and federal level, overturned laws altogether or put them out of commission for at least this year's election in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Mississippi. But some people just ain't getting the message.

Amanda Terkel reports:

Dallas Morning News columnist Wayne Slater attempted to vote over the weekend using his utility bill, which is considered an acceptable form of ID. The poll worker, however, demanded that he show her his driver's license.

"We prefer a voter-registration card or a driver’s license," said Peggy, the poll worker. "There’s a list of identifications starting with registration card, driver’s license, picture ID—we prefer to go in that order.”

Eventually, because Slater was a pushy reporter, Peggy's supervisor overruled her and he got to cast his ballot.

But there were no outside election observers when he voted. As Slater wrote of the incident:

What if an elderly person or a citizen with English as a second language had done the same thing? Would they have been turned away? Would they have been intimidated and left?
How many Pennsylvanians—confused by the array of ads and billboards STILL stating incorrectly that the commonwealth requires a photo ID even though the courts have ruled that it doesn't—will decide not even to try to vote because they lack the identification they think they need?

No supervisor, no election observer, no on-the-ball poll worker fully apprised of the current status of the law will be able to help in such cases.

That's what voter suppression is all about. Whether it's intimidating billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin, ridiculously restrictive photo-ID requirements, discriminatory purges of voter rolls or limiting early-voting hours in minority-rich and low-income areas, the war on voting is designed to produce an outcome favorable to the right-wingers who have passed these laws over Democratic objections in state after state. The more people who don't go to the polls, the bigger smiles it puts on the faces of these unAmerican suppressors.

Fortunately, citizen advocates in and out of government have been fighting these laws everywhere. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of people who might not have voted will be able to do so. But we'll never know after Nov. 6 how many stayed away because the campaign to keep them at home worked.

The fight to stop this war on the most elemental right of democracy will apparently never end because some people, including public officials whose duty ought to be to ensure everybody's right to vote, are determined to squelch it for partisan advantage. In a just world, they would do prison time for their actions.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM PDT.

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  •  Confusion, fear, and bullying... all the (24+ / 0-)

    Republicans have left to keep any possibility of a path to victory.

    Shame on them!  We will prevail.  GOTV!

    Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:00:07 PM PDT

    •  Could I Ask All of You to Rec This Diary? (11+ / 0-)

      Also share the diary with family members, friends, and acquaintances.  

      Phone Banking Out-of-State Close Races From Your Home When No Online Phone Banking Available! by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.

      Thanks very much.  

    •  But as we have seen in Ohio, it DOESN'T WORK (2+ / 0-)
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      Zinman, BlueStateRedhead

      We worry a lot because that's what we do. And what they do is wrong, and desperate. But it doesn't work. Ohio started requiring ID in 2006 and there were predictions of disaster, of people arriving without ID and walking away, never coming back. I was an observer for Governor Strickland's campaign in a huge six-precinct mostly African-American polling place in Cleveland. Everybody had ID. They were pissed and were muttering things under their breath about how their grandfather moved north from Mississippi to get away from this crap but they had it. The main problem it created is it doubled the time a voter spent at the precinct table. Checking ID was the most time-consuming thing poll workers did. Ken Blackwell had already conceded before our last precinct finished voting (It didn't hurt that he lost by a 22-point margin and conceded fairly quickly).

      Here in Cleveland, we fought back against the billboards and won. It only got a lot of attention and outraged and energized people. I am still a little worried about the spreading of lies to confuse people, and I still think that should be a felony with prison time attached.

      Shrinking early voting time hasn't had that much of an impact. We will see this weekend what kind of impact the weekend hours have. Yesterday was Cleveland's biggest weather fallout from Sandy, and after a slow two opening hours, we were flooded with voters (I am working in the early voting room in Cuyahoga County). Our voters have been about 85% African American, at LEAST. They come in clutching the robin's egg blue Democratic slates being passed out on the corner, and some have announced to the poll worker, "I am here to vote for President Obama."

      The huge early vote means a repetition of 2004 in Ohio is impossible; the number of election day voters will be much smaller. And since we now use  precinct-level optical scan system that's not machine-based, people can basically take their ballot and sit anywhere to vote it, so they won't be in lines for machines.

      I understand the concerns but I am less panicked about them than a lot of people here. My biggest concern is the lies. The Republican Party has become the party of pathological liars.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:17:44 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah I know, you think everything is always (0+ / 0-)

        peachy.  I don't exactly see boatloads of concern in my original post to get another one of your "chill out" comments.  I think I said we will prevail.  You do whatever you need to do to keep yourself motivated.  I'm going to keep making calls and know that I did everything I could to win this election.

        Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

        by the dogs sockpuppet on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:23:37 AM PDT

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  •  Our county happens to have (7+ / 0-)

    poll watchers even during early voting, for just this reason. The ignorance - willful or not - of some of the poll judges is extraordinary.

    "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

    by nzanne on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:01:11 PM PDT

    •  That's why it is important to volunteer (4+ / 0-)
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      If we don't volunteer, the corrupt and the stupid will.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:15:33 PM PDT

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    •  I saw this same thing today in Virginia (5+ / 0-)

      I went to vote absentee, and I entered with another person. We each went to one of the two officials at the main desk. My official asked for my Voter ID Card. And then he promptly passed my application back to the verifying official. The other person also showed her Voter ID, but then the official also asked for a photo ID, and she had to take out her driver's license and show it before passing her application back. I am sure there is not a chance of malfeasance here, but but shows what can happen even in highly educated counties.

      There are many around here who speak limited English who could get flustered being asked for several forms of ID when only one is required. This why we need national voting and national standards and pubic awareness - just like the government does with Medicare, CDC, etc.    


  •  I'm in CA and most wouldn't even THINK we (8+ / 0-)

    need it. But we do.

    There have been multiple intimidation tactics in Santa Ana (Orange County) in the past, including uniformed guards (read Curt Pringle). Santa Ana is a large minority area and blue... in a sea of red, so you get the idea.

    I don't know why i stay here.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:04:22 PM PDT

  •  Constitutional Amendment time (8+ / 0-)


    I love the look in peoples eyes when they realize, for the first time, that they have power.

    by 4democracy on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:07:16 PM PDT

  •  I Will Just Say This Meteor (9+ / 0-)

    my mom is an election judge. I think as I write this is she training people to work the polls. I often send her horror stories about voting I get here .... and I can tell you she runs elections in one district where I am 110% sure every vote counts.

    Heck she isn't even a liberal. But she believes as I believe. Every vote, even if you don't vote the way I'd like, should count. Oh and voting should be easy and pain free.

    Now she, as I do, lives in a small rural town. Honestly she know the people by their face what their names are. I get you can't do that in a larger area. But I asked her about asking for photo ID.

    She said she had only done that once in like seven years. A women that was divorced and had a different last name on the rolls, so they asked for an ID to ensure she still lived in the district. She did. She voted.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:07:16 PM PDT

    •  I would hazard a guess and say that 95% of... (3+ / 0-)

      ...poll workers would never actively try to deny someone a vote. But, unlike the Jim Crow era, now voter suppression is all about shaving a partisan percentage point or two off the totals. That doesn't take a whole lot of priggish or malicious poll workers. And in a swing state, those one or two points can really matter.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 08:06:33 PM PDT

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  •  Democrats have poll watchers too (7+ / 0-)

    I was part of an election protection team in 2004.  Each of us watched every voter and how they were treated in our assigned voting locations.  We did have to get into a few Republican faces when they gave out misinformation and tried to stop people from voting for wrong reasons.  

    I haven't kept track, but I sure hope this same effort will happen this time around too.  It has to.

    •  Really. I Think There Has To Be 100 Yards (4+ / 0-)
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      by State law, from any polling place and political campaigns. You just can't say this or that near where you vote.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:10:33 PM PDT

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      •  Not in Wisconsin where I was. (6+ / 0-)

        We weren't campaigning.  We were a legal team making sure the Republicans didn't challenge votes based on incorrect information.  They had posted a person next to each poll worker checking off names and they examined the person's ID (which could be a utility bill etc.).  They would challenge the ballot if they saw something they didn't like.  We had to deflect a few of those because they were just wrong on the law.  (The polling places had supervisors who would resolve disputes.)  

        It's been eight years, so it's possible the laws have changed by now.  I don't know.

    •  Yes, we do. I've fulfilled that role many times... (0+ / 0-) Colorado and California. However, as noted in my post, this reporter who took advantage of early voting hours found zero watchers when he cast his ballot.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 08:08:34 PM PDT

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  •  The lines will back up (5+ / 0-)

    while it is settled and some voters might have to leave and end up not voting.

    It is a win-win.

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 03:13:43 PM PDT

  •  My fervent belief is that someone else in line (0+ / 0-)

    might speak up and challenge the challengers. I would. Not everyone who will be in a line waiting is uninformed.  I sure there are 10s of 1000s of attorneys in critical counties.

    America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

    by manneckdesign on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 04:34:14 PM PDT

    •  Ohio won't have these problems (0+ / 0-)

      Challengers are legally prohibited from interacting with voters, and the enormous increase in early voting is shrinking election-day voting. I suppose they could try to engage voters outside the polls but honestly, they would probably be unsuccessful. And in Ohio's largest counties where they would find the type of voters they would want to suppress, they won't go to those places out of fear. And most of the legitimate GOP campaigners are busy trying to get their judges elected, so they'll be out handing out literature for Joan Synenburg or Kathleen Sutula.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:20:39 PM PDT

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  •  Suggested alternate scenario from a yankee (0+ / 0-)

    Imagine that Pushy Reporter had called the election officials..and reported that:
    --a poll worker had twice tried to impede a White Man from voting;
    --they might want to think about what she might do to a person of color in a state governed by the Voting Rights Act (which whatever the AG of Texas says is still the law of the land)
    --and, being a pushy reporter his speed dial includes numbers for Dallas County for Obama, Dallas LGBT for Obama, Obama Dallas, Obama Dallas Young Professionals, Texas Women for Obama...

    then just maybe all those poor people he worries about in his last sentence might be facing
    --a better informed poll worker
    --a better spelling poll worker
    and certainly
    --poll observers ready for this poll worker and the m.o. she used...
    anyway, that's what this pushy yankee, who is not even a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, would have done ....

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 04:53:27 PM PDT

  •  We really need UN monitors for this election. (6+ / 0-)
    •  Need 'em for every election (1+ / 0-)
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      If for no other reason that the disenfranchised are usually non-white, and in America, the courts, the media, the blogosphere etc. just don't give a shit until it happens to a white person.

      We should have had UN monitors for voting on Indian reservations, for a long time now. They're some of the most heavily disenfranchised people in this country, add to that the semi-sovereign status of reservations, seems like a no-brainer, or should be.

      Sarahpalindrome (n.): A sentence that makes as much sense backwards as forwards.

      by Hannibal on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:45:53 PM PDT

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  •  That's a tough headline (2+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, Meteor Blades

    I had to read it four times before it began to make sense.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:04:37 PM PDT

  •  If someone tries to intimidate you (10+ / 0-)

    by illegally demanding more than is required to vote, intimidate them back by getting their name, confirming it with their supervisor, and lodging an official complaint and informing the relevant Democratic campaigns about it.  Do this even if they eventually back down - the attempt shows an intent on their part that is likely to continue with other voters if they think they can get away with it.

    Voter suppression is treason.

    by Troubadour on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:05:21 PM PDT

  •  I think North Dakota has the most down-home, (4+ / 0-)

    folksy voter ID law.  According to the Secretary of State's site, one of the acceptable forms of ID is "if one of the poll workers recognizes you."

    In ten years Obamacare will be as popular as Social Security and Medicare, and Mitt Romney will be demanding all the credit.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:08:27 PM PDT

  •  I'm all for the UN (3+ / 0-)
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    sending poll Smurfs to watch what is happening in some of these states.  

    And Peggy should have been immediately pulled by her supervisor.  Her spiel was too prepared to be just ignorance.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:10:31 PM PDT

  •  maybe if journalists (4+ / 0-)
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    started calling out this voter suppression movement for what it is more people might speak out against it, and there might be a movement to make voter suppression illegal with a penalty of jail time, the weakest among us must be protected from tactics such as this.

  •  Hopefully that same reporter (1+ / 0-)
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    hangs out at the polls on Nov 6th to make sure that this stuff is reported on.  The only way to fix it is to shine light on it.  

  •  I voted today in Texas! (3+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, loblolly, cybersaur

    I asked if they needed to see my license.  The poll worker said, "Not yet!".   I had so much fun voting for Obama and all other Democrat candidates.  There were all Republican signs in the parking lot.  They were posted where they were allowed to be posted.  I just wish there was one Obama other than my bumper sticker!

    •  A funny thing happened on the way to vote (0+ / 0-)

      I voted in Texas a couple of days ago. A weird thing happened. I asked the poll workers what they needed to see and they said I.D. or voter registration card, but they preferred the registration card. I handed over my registration card and they confirmed all my info was correct and entered the data into the little computer so they could print up the access code for the voting machine. Then a funny thing happened. The poll worker on the left said, "ut oh." and got the attention of the other poll worker to point out something that had popped up on the registration computer. What ever it was prompted them to ask for my I.D. I had my I.D. on me and promptly handed it over which satisfied the poll workers. It all happened so quickly, I never challenged the reason they asked for I.D. in addition to my reg card. I took my access code ticket and voted straight Dem. In hindsight I could kick myself for not challenging the request for I.D. or at least inquiring about why I was flagged to show I.D. Wish I knew...

      --- Keep Christian mythology out of science class! @cybersaur1

      by cybersaur on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:50:02 AM PDT

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      •  Only reason for ID, as explained (0+ / 0-)

        by my Dallas County Elections Adminstrator (appointed by the Dem.-majority County Commissioners Court), when she personally conducted the election judge training two weekends ago, is for a relatively small number of people who have been registered and remain active and on the rolls, but did not originally provide a year of birth when they registered.  It may not have been required in the past, but now is.  So, those voters are flagged in the Dallas County system by having their age shown as "100" in the register and on their voter cards, and the poll workers are supposed to ask for ID to verify the voter's year of birth.

        No other instance of photo ID required, and several other forms are acceptable (mainly to verify address as matched in register).

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 12:35:42 PM PDT

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  •  Voter Suppression (5+ / 0-)

    The only good thing about all this voter suppression is that it's an implicit admission by the GOP that they are no longer politically competitive on a level playing field.  The bastards don't have a winning message, and they know it.

    How can we have a third party when we don't even have a second party?

    by Eagleye on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:13:27 PM PDT

  •  It concerned me also that in Florida (8+ / 0-)

    earlier today, there was someone who wasn't able to vote because despite having cast a legitimate ballot, and despite having informed the registrar that the ballot was legitimate, they refused to count her vote, period:

    I can't imagine how this is legal. Even if it's a law that someone's signature must match, if the person in question shows up and say, "Yes, that's my signature," how is it legal that they could refuse to either count the ballot or reissue one? It's nothing but direct disenfranchisement.

    And I think they could just toss out entire districts worth of ballots claiming that signatures didn't match. This strikes me as totally potentially illegal and the kind of voter fraud which you are talking about here.

    But the lawyers in the diary were defending it?

    I don't think it would be legal though. It implicitly seems really, incredibly wrong. And how much is this happening? Who would know since they aren't bothering to inform those whose ballots they toss?

    •  I had to sign several times (6+ / 0-)

      until it "matched my drivers license".

      When I signed my license--mind you, this was my original picture with a signature dating back to 2003--there was something in the output that blocked a couple of letters out of my signature on the license.  

      She was going to disqualify me because I couldn't sign my name like that. I told her why it was like that, and she could tell right away she wasn't dealing with some ignoramus. She made me sign it five times until she was satisfied, and let me tell you, if she'd kept pushing, I would have pushed right back--there was no way she was gonna disqualify me over this shit. I stood my ground, and by the time I was done, she must have been a little flustered, because then, for a four page ballot, she gave me two "Page 1 of 2" sheets. I caught that right away and I marched right back up and told her about it. Her supervisor saw the whole thing, and so did the poll-watchers. Imagine if I hadn't caught that until I started marking the ballot?

      Anyone defending this kind of shit ought to be disbarred, I'm sorry. Those electronic pens at the DMV are not the most accurate devices for signing your name--and drivers' licenses are not the only thing sporting them these days, either. There is no flippin' way anyone should be disqualified by someone who is not in any way, shape or form a freakin' handwriting analyst from a half-assed electronic signature reproduced on a laminated card.

      God, I was pissed. But I got to vote.

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:35:06 PM PDT

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      •  clarity: (4+ / 0-)

        this was IN PERSON. I don't even want to imagine what they do to absentee ballots down here.

        And I damn sure don't want to think about next Tuesday. mr. luna doesn't want to early-vote. I told him he was nuts...

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:36:53 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly... 150X over, exactly (3+ / 0-)
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          I also would point out someone like myself who has simply renewed my license by mail again and again so that the signature still has my maiden name on it, which isn't even what I sign (although it's so illegible that I never thought it mattered). Plus, those little electronic things that you sign? And also, my handwriting changes often because I write a ton, so if I have a hand cramp from grading papers, it will shift. What about all the people in the world with Parkinson's too? One of the symptoms of it is a shift in handwriting; should they be disqualified from voting?

          I can't believe this law hasn't been more carefully examined and protections aren't put into place to fix it, especially when someone can physically verify that they are the signee AND that they'd like their vote to be counted. A bank will sometimes hold a check if a signature needs verification, but if the person shows up and says "Yes, that's me" and has proof of that, they can't just null the check.

          This is disenfranchisement, IMHO. I don't care if the law says they can take these measures to disenfranchise people. This could be arbitrarily abused and no one would be the wiser on these absentee ballots in particular, which are the preferred ballots in many states (or states like Washington, where you mail all of them in). This just has got to be looked at. Carefully.

      •  And for the love of God (0+ / 0-)

        one shouldn't have to stand their grand to have their rightful vote counted. Is this 1915 or 2012? Every citizen has the right to vote and have it counted without being hassled like that by some dime-store handwriting assessor.

        This just riled me up like nothing else.

        People aren't all bulldogs by nature. They shouldn't have to be either to get their votes counted. How many people in the world would just back off if someone who struck them as authoritative started to challenge them? A lot. And how many people are also just too busy to deal with that kind of challenge?

        Not to mention, again, the issue of the absentee and early vote and mail in verifications.

        Ugh. Just ugh.

  •  In the voter suppression law in Ohio (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bluedust, Hannibal

    it was forbidden for a poll worker to help a confused voter. Luckily that was halted by a Citizen Veto.

    •  Actually, it wasn't. (1+ / 0-)
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      The citizen veto never got on the ballot. HB 194 was repealed legislatively, and most of it was sidelined except for a provision in another bill barring weekend-before-election voting. That was overturned by the courts. Poll workers certainly can and will help voters, and it looks like our GOP secretary of state is going to keep losing his battle to not count provisionals cast in the wrong precinct due to pollworker error. Since I will be on the team counting provisionals at our board of elections, I had training Sunday, and there was a big asterisk next to this. It's likely we will prevail on the side of the voters.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:23:06 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for clarifying (0+ / 0-)

        I knew that it wasn't on the ballot, but I would say that all the petition signatures which caused Kasich and friends to legislate it out was kinda a Citizens Veto. That they tried to pass it in increments shows how relentless they are trying to steal elections. Citizens have to be equally relentless in catching and stopping them.

  •  The bullying has begun. (4+ / 0-)

    All I ask is that if a person is intimidated at their voting place, to make a record of it and send it to the appropriate authorities fast.

    As cases proliferate, the more proof there is that corruption and disenfranchisement taking place.

    Especially as Dems, we have to hold our ground and not give one quarter. Never forget there is power in numbers.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:18:31 PM PDT

  •  As a Texas voter who will vote tomorrow (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm showing my voter registration card as always but I'm not showing them my driver's license. In fact, I'm kinda hoping somebody demands it...

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:21:21 PM PDT

    •  We voted with our voter registration forms (0+ / 0-)

      We were testing the system- our voter registrations were accepted without question, but then we are in fairly Democratic Bastrop County.

      Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

      by loblolly on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:55:53 AM PDT

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    •  Fellow TX voter (0+ / 0-)

      I posted a comment a little further up about my voting experience here in Texas where I produced my voter registration card and was mysteriously asked for my I.D. as well shortly after. I wish I knew what prompted that! Something came up on the poll worker's computer that made her say "ut oh" and ask for my I.D. If it happens to you-- ask questions. I would like to know why I got flagged.

      --- Keep Christian mythology out of science class! @cybersaur1

      by cybersaur on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:56:14 AM PDT

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  •  Amen! In a just world... (3+ / 0-)
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    In a just world, they would do prison time for their actions.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:25:33 PM PDT

  •  Two Words (3+ / 0-)

    Election Protection.

    I am a mobile legal volunteer captain this year.  EP's primary toll free phone numbers were still out of commission post-Sandy yesterday, so the mobile legal volunteer program is going to be  more important than ever.


    Lawyers, paralegals, law students:  here is an opportunity to put our particular skill set to work in a way no one else can.  Trainings are going on still nationwide through Friday (with the possibility of more over the weekend, as EP is still short its target number of volunteers!)  Go sign up for a shift in your town!

    •  Clarifying (2+ / 0-)
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      LinSea, mahakali overdrive

      The Election Protection organization is non-partisan, and has the mission to assist all voters no matter who the voter intends to cast his or her ballot for.  It is not affiliated with either campaign (since I noted someone else used the phrase election protection to describe the legal volunteers working with the President's campaign.)

  •  Ohio Voting (1+ / 0-)
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    Here in Ohio the poll workers are from both parties so that an attempt by a Republican poll worker to stop a voter could be prevented by the Democratic poll worker.

    •  Yes, true, and also (0+ / 0-)

      the lean of the polling place tends to be determined by the lean of the county. That means that in counties where they would most want to suppress voters, like mine, Democratic officials tend to have a stronger voice (X's — neither party — are often tapped to sit in for Republicans because they don't have enough). I guess they could try to suppress Democratic votes in places like Clermont and Warren, but those are not target-rich opportunities. I expect a lot of X pollworkers in the inner city, because many Republicans won't go there.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:25:55 PM PDT

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  •  Why Texas -- like Ukraine -- needs OSCE monitors (2+ / 0-)
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    Hannibal, loblolly

    A great example of why the OSCE should be monitoring elections in all member countries -- not just those in the old Warsaw Pact/Soviet Union states.  

  •  volunteers with "no ID required" signs at polling (5+ / 0-)
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    Marjmar, Hannibal, LinSea, loblolly, trumpeter

    places might help....

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:43:01 PM PDT

  •  In NH there (0+ / 0-)

    is a whole cadre of volunteer lawyers for our side who are working on a hotline for voting problems. Recently the teabag infused legislature passed a voter id law over the governor's veto. Folks are being advised to follow the law and not refuse to show id if they have it. Our convoluted law allows the person to vote w/o id if the moderator recognizes them or if they fill out an affidavit that is sent to the state capital. Both things will lead to long lines if done en masse.

    I have faith things will be okay, but the main thing is to elect a Democratic majority to the legislature and Democratic candidate for governor Maggie Hassan so this idiotic law can be repealed.

  •  Charming as always, republicans... (1+ / 0-)
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    No longer able to win a elections fairly with your policies, you stubbornly press ahead---stopping briefly to dispatch cohorts of freshly-scrubbed Brooks Bros. rioters to watch the coloreds.

    Klassy stuff....

  •  Has anyone polled this problem? (1+ / 0-)
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    I would like to see a poll of early voters asking if the voter experienced problems with I.D., misinformation,etc. This needs to be looked into before the election, in an on-going way.

    George W. Bush: the worst Republican president SO FAR.

    by Chun Yang on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:28:41 PM PDT

  •  I think I'll go vote tomorrow with my utility bill (2+ / 0-)
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    loblolly, cybersaur

    and raise hell if I encounter resistance.  But I probably won't.  You see, I'm white.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:37:22 PM PDT

  •  Here's what else we know about Texas: (1+ / 0-)
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    From Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party (e-mail):

    Dear Democrat,
    I am excited to share with you an op-ed that Eva Longoria and I wrote about how the Texas Democratic Party is going to turn Texas Blue!

    Please read the below piece and share it with your friends, families and social networks.

    Let's tell the world the true story of who Texas is, and how we are going to Go Blue.

    This piece was published in Politico, a respected national news outlet. The eyes of the nation are upon Texas.

    Gilberto Hinojosa
    The sleeping giant of Texas’s Latino vote

    The reactionary agenda of Texas Republicans, and the plight felt by the majority of our population, is reaching a crisis point which demands change. It is untenable for our elected representation to remain so misaligned with the actual population they represent.

    Texas is on the verge of a radical shift in our political outcomes. Out here on the ground, we feel this force of change emerging. But a new era for Texas will only come if we act on this potential. If we examine the math of who truly makes up the population of Texas, the work we need to do is clear.

    Read more:

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 08:21:39 PM PDT

  •  Damn straight (1+ / 0-)
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    In a just world, they would do prison time for their actions
    Then again, in even a sane world - The Citizens United "case" would have been laughed out of court.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 09:11:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm sorry about the poll worker's prefernces but.. (3+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites, loblolly, cybersaur
    "There’s a list of identifications starting with registration card, driver’s license, picture ID—we prefer to go in that order."

    Uh, OK, that's fine. You can start with those three but, sorry, you need to go down the entire list of acceptable forms of identification until you run out of options before you tell someone that they are not going to be able to vote. Who cares what the poll worker's preference is? If the form of identification that the voter presents is on the list, then what is the poll worker doing deciding that because it not one of the top 2-3 on the list that it's not acceptable?

  •  Poll worker didn't know the law- inexcusable (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been a poll worker in several Texas elections, and part of the training is the acceptable forms of identification. Any of the acceptable forms can be used; there is no order you have to follow. Guess she slept through that part.

    Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

    by loblolly on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:38:01 AM PDT

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