Archive for October, 2004

State finally isssues guidelines on poll watcher rules

October 30, 2004

The Tribune sez that voter intimidation and suppressing the vote are longtime traditions in Florida. So, relax – its just some boys having fun, is all. Poll watchers’ plans to challenge voter credentials Tuesday may read like some ugly new threat to the democratic process, but at least some historians say it’s just business as [...]

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Angry mob of voters turns on Ohio GOP thugs

October 29, 2004

UPDATE – the party party has a related piece. (RIGHT click and save link as or follow the first link to stream.) BlogWood readers are aware of the GOP challenges to registered voters in Ohio and Florida. Early details indicated that Repugs were mailing literature to voters in minority precincts and compiling lists of returned [...]

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Before the polls open on Tuesday, Florida turnout is already 20 percent

October 29, 2004

(via Florida Politics) OrlandoSentinel More than 2 million Floridians will have cast their ballots before a single precinct opens at 7 a.m. Tuesday if the early and absentee voting blitz holds its current pace. That is more than a third of all people who voted in the 2000 presidential election and almost 20 percent of [...]

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GOP resurrects racist voter purge list

October 29, 2004

Remember the racist and highly discredited Florida voter purge list? Once it was found to have been stripped of GOP trending Hispanic voters, it was finally dropped by the state. Well, the state backed down and stopped insisting that individual counties use the list to purge their rolls, but the use of the list was [...]

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Working undercover for the man

October 28, 2004

A writer for Rolling Stone decided it might be fun to volunteer for the Bush campaign in Orlando. He was a dedicated worker, and probably helped Dubya gain a few votes, but I doubt the Bush campaign is very happy about this article. In my first month on the campaign, I did not meet many [...]

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Poll says: If blacks vote, Bush loses

October 28, 2004

What this poll is saying is that if minorities turn out in the same percentages (or greater) than they did in 2000, there is no way that Bush can win. It wont even be close – unless the GOP can cheat their way past a 5 point margin of victory.

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The 9 most important reasons to vote for Kerry

October 27, 2004

Bob Harris UPDATE: Salon reports that, despite most media accounts, Rehnquist may be gravely ill: Numerous medical studies only mention tracheotomy — in which surgeons cut a hole into a patient’s windpipe to aid breathing — as a treatment for a rare form of thyroid cancer called anaplastic carcinoma. According to the University of Virginia [...]

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GOP poll watchers to intimidate FL voters

October 27, 2004

Florida and Ohio are running neck and neck in the vote suppression game. Both states have actively sought to disqualify thousands of new registrations on flimsy grounds. Florida was just given the OK to do so by a judge. Weve recently heard of

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Repugs lay groundwork for spurious claims of fraud

October 27, 2004

TAPPED expresses almost exactly the thoughts I was having this morning, thus saving me the trouble of actually having to write anything. First, the GOP, using what appear to qualify as illegal methods, has attempted to mislead thousands of Democratic-leaning voters in Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, into thinking they’d be registered but [...]

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14,000 new voters disenfranchised

October 26, 2004

Remember the flap about the superfluous citizenship checkbox on Florida voter registration forms? Basically, the state says that a new voter must both sign a pledge that affirms citizenship and check the little box on a different part of the form. The state wanted to disqualify thousands of new voter registration forms (in the name [...]

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