Monday, November 06, 2006

Voter suppression in Virginia?

Appears so.

Documented incidents of suppression incidents include:

1) Calls that Voting will Lead to Arrest.

2) Widespread Calls, Allegedly from “Webb Volunteers,” Telling Voters that their Polling Location has Changed.

3) Fliers in Buckingham County Say “SKIP THIS ELECTION” (paid for by the RNC) have caused many in the African American community to call the Board of Elections to see if the election is still on. The full tag line says: “SKIP THIS ELECTION… (and then in smaller print): Don’t Let the Tax and Spend Liberals Win.”

4) Voter Machine Problems.

That last includes the main known problem: the fact that the machines leave off Webb's last name.

The link contains an audio file of the arrest threat. And in case you think the call might be genuine, it's not:

State election leaders warned voters Monday to ignore any phone calls claiming to be from registrars or other voting officials.

Jean Jensen, secretary of the State Board of Elections, said no such calls have been authorized by her office or local registrars in Virginia.

These allegations remain somewhat unsubstantiated; it's conceivable all of this is an elaborate Democratic effort to tar Republicans.

Assuming it's true, though, I hope whoever is behind this is caught and convicted. Similar shenanigans (jamming Democratic get-out-the-vote phone lines) led to the bankruptcy of the New Hampshire GOP in the last election cycle. Politics ain't beanball, but slime like this has no place.

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