A Few Words on Voter Suppression

The Obama campaign put out a video yesterday on voter suppression called "Making it Count: How to Protect Your Vote & Spot Dirty Tricks." This is sure to be an issue over the next 48 hours. Also, MSNBC spoke to Election Protect's Barbara Arnwire about voter suppression issues.

Via the Huffington Post, some early trends emerged yesterday from the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline:

· Broward County leads Florida in voter requests for assistance.

· Registration-related problems rank #1 in nearly every battleground state - hundreds of calls focus on that problem, most often in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California

· Georgia voters are reporting more incidents of voter intimidation than any other state. Other reports of voter intimidation, scams or misinformation are also emerging in Ohio and Missouri.

· Florida voters rank #1 in requests related to criminal status and voting.

· Early voting problems are also being noticed particularly in Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Florida and California.

And MSNBC's Rachel Maddow offered her thoughts on what she calls "The New Poll Tax" - namely, long voting lines. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted November 4, 2008 at 11:15am ETC by Andy Towle
in Election 2008, News