I’m going to use this post to link to stories about how the right is trying to block voting. Please feel free to add your own. I should add that if the experience of 2000 and 2004 is repeated, these represent a small fraction of instances of voter harassment, with many more emerging after the election or never being reported at all.
Florida: In Hillsborough Co., Republicans file last-minute challenges against a list of (mostly black Democrats to force their ballots to be filed provisionally. In Tampa, they prevent handing out water to voters standing in long lines and challenge.
Around the country. In Virginia, Hurricane Sandy interfered with filing absentee ballots. In Colorado, Arapahoe Co. is using unreliable touchscreen machines, and there has been a last-minute purge. In Fulton Co. Georgia, a huge backlog of voter registration applications and delays in sending absentee ballots that could cost people their vote. The Pennsylvania ACLU filed suit to prevent the state from continuing to circulate false information that voter ID is required. Poll workers in Nevada demand ID on specious grounds. In New Mexico, the so-nonpartisan-it’s barely-useful League of Women Voter’s guide has been banned from polling places. Riverside Co., CA Democrats were signed up as Republicans using phony petitions. Southern CA Edison is planning power outages to LA County on Election Day.
In Cincinnati [that’s Ohio, ‘Wege], voters who have come to the wrong polling place are told to file provisional ballots, rather than being told where their polling place is.
Around the country. Allegheny Co., PA: Republicans demand photo ID from voters are ordered to cease their activities. Milwaukee police block voting over a hit-and-run investigation, but stop interfering after Election Protection is called.
In NY and NJ, Hurricane Sandy is seriously interfering with voting in many places. While those states are attempting to compensate by loosening voting restrictions (e.g., letting rescue workers vote where they’re working rather than at their home address), expect lots of late provisional ballots. If Romney has a “majority” on Election Day, remind people that hundreds of thousands or even millions of provisional ballots, either due to the hurricane or to Republican Jim Crow remain to be counted.
Pinellas Co., FL: Secretary of Elections makes robocalls telling people they have until 7PM Wednesday to vote. Even Charlie Crist’s wife got a robocall.
Pennsylvania: Voting machine will not record votes for Barack Obama.
Bowling Green, OH: Volunteers are prevented from providing water to people standing in line to vote. Some people leave.
Palm Beach, Florida: Voting place is moved without prior notice.
Wisconsin: Romney trains poll workers to prevent rehabilitated ex-cons from voting. State law allows them to vote. (This link is especially encouraging because it’s on CNN.com. Maybe some of their idiot reporters will read it.
Pueblo, Colorado: Sheriff’s deputies accost GOTV workers, run their IDs, and tell them they should “call it a day.”
Columbus, Ohio: An ABC affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting airs slanted news broadcast.
Pennsylvania: Republican efforts to confuse people about Voter ID have succeeded.
Connecticut: Linda McMahon airs ads made to look like Democratic ads saying I support Obama and McMahon
Miami, FL: Teahadist Pamela Evans Rhodenbough files allegations of discrepancies in voting addresses and of felony convictions. Since these are filed under oath, she could face prison time if they’re found to be frivolous.
Houston, TX: True-the-Vote interferes with handing out water to people standing in line. Bible text for the day, Matt. 10:42.
Philadelphia, PA Tens of thousands may be disenfranchised due to slow registration processing. Some will vote on provisional ballots. Some may not be able to vote at all.