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Voters May Face ‘Ballot Bullies’ (Evil Right Wingers)
Afro ^ | 9/12/12 | Zenitha Prince

Posted on 09/13/2012 12:57:12 PM PDT by YourAdHere

A swarm of right-wing loyalists with intimidation on their minds can be expected to descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods this November, two public interest groups warned government officials Monday.

In a new report titled, “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” Demos and Common Cause describe campaigns by conservative groups—particularly the tea party-affiliated True the Vote—to train and deploy as many as 1 million persons to police the polls.

Demos, based in New York City, and Common Cause, based in Washington, D.C., are public interest groups that have targeted right-wing voter law revision and monitoring efforts.

“As we approach the 2012 elections, every indication is that we will see an unprecedented use of voter challenges,” the report stated, adding concern of “a real danger that voters will face overzealous volunteers who take the law into their own hands to target voters they deem suspect. But there is no place for bullies at the ballot box.”

Singling out True the Vote, the report quoted Bill Ouren, the group’s national elections coordinator, as telling volunteers during a training seminar that they should make certain voters feel “like driving and seeing the police following you.” The group has been a chief advocate of restrictive voter ID laws, and its volunteers have become known for harassing voters, as in the case of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election.

The organization explained that its aim was to protect against election fraud. “Unfortunately, Americans have lost faith in the integrity of our nation's election results and fraud and law-breaking has become all too common in our electoral system,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “We are helping stop corruption where it can start – at the polls.”

But critics say the initiative does nothing but bar eligible voters from the ballot box.

“We’re concerned about this well-organized, well-funded effort to suppress the vote by challenging voters in the run-up to the elections and on Elections Day, and fostering a climate of intimidation,” Stephen Spaulding, a co-author of the study, told the AFRO.

Spaulding, Common Cause’s staff counsel, said volunteers in these campaigns are being taught to use questionable techniques as the basis for their challenges, such as comparing voter data to information found on Facebook.

“We’re concerned that these [questionable] techniques are being targeted at voters of color, students and the poor specifically, for partisan reasons,” he said.

The expected rise in overly aggressive voter challenge tactics on Election Day is the last step in a protracted campaign by right-wing parties to limit the voting strength of traditionally Democratic voting blocs.

More than 30 states have passed new voter ID laws. Early and weekend voting—which traditionally have been utilized by minority voters—have been abbreviated. Questionable redistricting plans that limit the voting power of minorities have been proffered. Voting rolls have been purged.

“This is definitely continuing the narrative of suppressing the vote,” said Tanya Clay House, public policy director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

House also dismissed Republican claims that these vote-stifling policies are meant to protect the integrity of elections.

“The claim that they’re trying to protect against voter fraud has been proven false,” she said. “These efforts are not going to protect the ballot….They’re going to protect a particular candidate’s ability to stay [or be placed] in office.”

And those candidates are furthering their interests by targeting legitimate voters.

“No one wants voter fraud,” Common Cause’s Spaulding said. “The issue is their techniques are just throwing up barriers to eligible Americans, who just want to cast their ballot.”

Officials at Election Protection, a coalition of civil rights groups—including the Lawyers’ Committee—that works to protect voting rights—say they’ve already received hundreds of calls on their hotline from voters whose right to vote has been “thwarted by the new restrictive laws” or who are confused by the changes in election procedures.

And, House said, they expect to receive many more calls on their hotline come Election Day. “We know there are going to be many more challenges so we’re training our lawyers to not only be there (on the ground) to assist voters but to let them know they can call for help,” House said.

In the report, Spaulding said they assessed the laws that dictate poll watching, including those that protect against voter intimidation in 10 states to determine their efficacy.

“The intimidation laws are strong, they just need to be enforced,” he said. And there are additional steps government officials should be taking to protect voters against this looming menace, he added.

“They should be aware of this threat, be prepared to train poll workers in the laws and proper procedures, and take a hard look at whether these rules are still working today or whether they can be exploited to turn a free and fair elections on its head.”


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KEYWORDS: delusional; insane
Paging Eric Holder....
1 posted on 09/13/2012 12:57:18 PM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: YourAdHere
The only recorded cases were like this example of Conservatives intimidating voters in 2008:


2 posted on 09/13/2012 1:00:27 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (“We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents.” moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: YourAdHere
right-wing voter law revision and monitoring efforts.

Or as I call it, appropriate steps to ensure that the Left doesn't cheat. Voter ID's, Oh My. Everyone knows that minorities can't get voter ID's.
3 posted on 09/13/2012 1:01:11 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: YourAdHere

Zenitha? Could be worse. She could have married Ralph Nader.


4 posted on 09/13/2012 1:01:45 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: YourAdHere
The only ballot bullies I recall are the Black Panthers with night sticks and they support Obama don't they after all they are black. They seem to vote by color not substance.
5 posted on 09/13/2012 1:02:15 PM PDT by funfan
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To: YourAdHere

Accusing their victims of what they do :: yawn :: oldest trick in the book.

They never learn, and they never stop - they have to BE stopped, like the spoiled brats they really are.


6 posted on 09/13/2012 1:05:59 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: freedumb2003

Who would have known that those black thugs in that picture were “right wing loyalists”?


7 posted on 09/13/2012 1:07:55 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Amen. Ballot scrutineers are not intimidation to anyone save cheaters.


8 posted on 09/13/2012 1:08:54 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: YourAdHere
“We’re concerned about this well-organized, well-funded effort to suppress the vote by challenging voters in the run-up to the elections and on Elections Day, and fostering a climate of intimidation,” Stephen Spaulding, a co-author of the study, told the AFRO.

TRANSLATION: "It is RACIST to prevent Eric Holder's people from committing election fraud."

9 posted on 09/13/2012 1:09:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: YourAdHere

Only democrats and leftists like the black panthers are are allowed to intimidate voters. The right and conservatives aren’t allowed to play that game because that would be racist. The right needs a counter to this scourge, some group who doesn’t give a rat’s ass who the MSM think of them. Quit worrying about what the enemy thinks of us, and start doing something to stop them!


10 posted on 09/13/2012 1:16:31 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: YourAdHere

I usually volunteer to work the polls, but I’m not looking forward to this year.


11 posted on 09/13/2012 1:22:01 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: YourAdHere

A swarm of right-wing loyalists with intimidation on their minds can be expected to descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods this November,

First sentence is a lie so I didn’t finish it. First of all, people who observe polling places have to be from the district they monitor so how many conservatives live in MINORITY neighborhoods? No many as proven by the election of President Obama.


12 posted on 09/13/2012 1:35:41 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: YourAdHere

I don’t know one conservative who is stupid enough to go to a minority neighborhood for ANY reason.


13 posted on 09/13/2012 1:46:20 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: YourAdHere

A swarm of right-wing loyalists with intimidation on their minds can be expected to descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods this November,

First sentence is a lie so I didn’t finish it. First of all, people who observe polling places have to be from the district they monitor so how many conservatives live in MINORITY neighborhoods? No many as proven by the election of President Obama.


14 posted on 09/13/2012 1:46:27 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: YourAdHere

“limit the voting strength of traditionally Democratic voting blocs”

Yes, ineligible voters are traditionally Democratic.


15 posted on 09/13/2012 1:53:13 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: napscoordinator

“how many women live in MINORITY neighborhoods?”

They expanded it to include women, students, and the poor, too. I don’t know why they left out the handicaped, the elderly, union members, gays, and professional protesters. Point is, basically any Democrat voter being challenged is too much. They hyped race because, well, it’s the race card, and it plays better than defending the rights of students. But they won’t be limited. Oh no.


16 posted on 09/13/2012 2:00:13 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Disambiguator

Zenitha? What’s her sister’s name, Quasara?


17 posted on 09/13/2012 2:02:15 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: YourAdHere

I think they mean Poll Watchers.
Anyone who stops them voting two or four times must be a bigot and a “bully.”


18 posted on 09/13/2012 2:15:26 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
I got an email from HR this afternoon, touting flu shots.

To get one, I need to show up with my health insurance card (makes sense) and A Picture ID. I'm assuming it's to verify I am who I say I am.

I should tell my company that I feel disenfranchised. LOL!

19 posted on 09/13/2012 2:15:51 PM PDT by wbill
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To: YourAdHere
They just want to win fair and square...


20 posted on 09/13/2012 2:25:34 PM PDT by Dan Zachary
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To: YourAdHere

Zenitha? What a cruel trick by the parents. Oh, and FU btw Zenitha you left wing hack.


21 posted on 09/13/2012 2:27:55 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: wbill

Zenith. Were your parents watching TV when you were conceived. Just asking. You have an idea that is worth pursuing. We must stop the FOREIGNER from ruining this country. I suggest we conservatives organize the GRANNY BRIGADE. We can locate them in front of voting booths in the hood and have them run down minority voters with their wheel chairs.


22 posted on 09/13/2012 2:30:10 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Dan Zachary
Love that pic.

Here's another, LOL


23 posted on 09/13/2012 2:31:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Terry Mross
I don’t know one conservative who is stupid enough to go to a minority neighborhood for ANY reason.

Some of us are so stupid we actually live in one.

What an idiotic statement to make.

24 posted on 09/13/2012 2:39:40 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Zenitha? What’s her sister’s name, Quasara?

Maybe it's Sonya. Oh, wait...

25 posted on 09/13/2012 2:41:59 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Zenitha? What’s her sister’s name, Quasara?

ArCeeya (RCA).

26 posted on 09/13/2012 2:45:09 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

Perhaps her brother is Motorola.


27 posted on 09/13/2012 3:28:40 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Gabz

The article said people WOULD GO to the minority neighborhoods.

But let me ask you this. Do you plan on going to the polls and being a bully?


28 posted on 09/13/2012 3:53:21 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

I was referring to your comment, not the article - you said no conservative would be stupid enough to go for ANY reason.

I have actually worked the polls in minority neighborhoods, never had a problem and never saw any bullying.


29 posted on 09/13/2012 4:33:00 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: YourAdHere

Zenitha Prince

Black Press journalist making national/international news personally relevant. Singer/music lover. Native of Trinidad & Tobago, and a country girl at heart.

30 posted on 09/13/2012 4:50:53 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: funfan
The only ballot bullies I recall are the Black Panthers with night sticks and they support Obama don't they after all they are black. They seem to vote by color not substance.

That's Samuel L. Jackson in a nutshell.

31 posted on 09/14/2012 8:22:19 AM PDT by YourAdHere (racist (noun): An individual who is found to be winning an argument with a liberal.)
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