Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Get out the vote

By now I'm sure you've probably heard about the "caging list" emails to be found at georgewbush.org, an anti-Bush site that has accidentally received mail from people inside the Bush-Cheney campaign who don't know which one of the internets to use. You can read the emails at the "Dead Letter Office" but these are the ones that concern us the most. Caging is the way some people describe supressing black people from voting. The caging list is 15 pages long and contains the names of mostly black, mostly Democrat people in Florida. A BBC reporter found that:

It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida. An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day." Ion Sancho, a Democrat, noted that Florida law allows political party operatives inside polling stations to stop voters from obtaining a ballot. They may then only vote "provisionally" after signing an affidavit attesting to their legal voting status. Mass challenges have never occurred in Florida. Indeed, says Mr Sancho, not one challenge has been made to a voter "in the 16 years I've been supervisor of elections."
They weren't content just stealing it on the sly like last time, now they are trying to outright steal it. What cajones. I swear, if Kerry wins this thing it will be a testament to the triumphs of democracy over fascism. In spite of doing everything in the book to steal it, he will still have won. Oddly enough, I've gotten calls here at the Trib concerning voter irregularities in Texas. One woman has called to tell how she has not yet received her absentee ballot, even though she's called twice.
Johnson, a staunch Democrat, claims that an elections office employee asked her Monday when she called if she is a Republican or a Democrat. Johnson hinted that her inability to get a ballot application falls into the realm of what Hillary Rodham Clinton described as a "vast, right-wing conspiracy" to keep Johnson from voting for John Kerry.
I don't know about the rest of the state, but I suspect irregularities everywhere. Hopefully everyone else in the blogosphere will pick up these stories and raise a big enough stink about them to get something done.

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