Voter's Digest

The latest election fraud warnings

Deputy Tackles, Arrests Journalist for Photographing Voters
A widely published investigative journalist was tackled, punched and arrested Sunday afternoon by a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy who tried to confiscate his camera outside the elections supervisor's headquarters. About 600 people were standing in line waiting to vote early when James S. Henry was charged with disorderly conduct for taking photos of waiting voters about 3:30 p.m. outside the main elections office on Military Trail near West Palm Beach.
—Jane Daugherty The Palm Beach Post, November 1, 2004

Officials, GOP Fight Over Vote-Fixing Claims in Philly
Incidents first alleged in 'Drudge Report' Web site
Election officials are spending the day investigating fraud allegations after Republican observers in Philadelphia said voting machines in the city already had thousands of votes recorded on them when the polls opened at 7 a.m.
—NBC News, November 2, 2004

Voters, Students Back at School After Hazmat Scare
Students evacuated from facility
Children are back in school and voters back at the polls after an apparent hazardous materials scare at a South Jersey school. The polling place in Mount Laurel closed for about two hours Tuesday morning when a substance that later turned out to be salt was found on the floor.
—NBC News, November 2, 2004

Judge Orders GOP to Halt Poll Tactics
Daschle sues to stop 'intimidation' of Indians
Republican poll workers in Lake Andes were intimidating Native American voters on Monday, a federal judge ruled early today. Republicans may not write down license plate numbers or follow Native Americans from polling places during today's election, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol ruled in a temporary restraining order.
—Mike Madden The Sioux Falls Argus Leader, November 2, 2004

An Informal Guide for Election Observers in Harris County
I'm meeting this evening with some local citizens who plan to be election observers, so I thought I'd try to work out a list of "unusual" things that they should be looking for. Remember, the job of an observer is exactly that, to observe. You're not there to say "ah hah!" if you think you caught something wrong. Simply make a note of it in as much detail as you can. Don't be confrontational. Take meticulous notes. Note the precise time next to everything you write down. Write down exactly where you were and exactly what you saw. Later on, we can go through your notes and the notes of other observers to see if we detect any patterns of inappropriate behavior and/or malfunctioning equipment.
—Dan Wallach Department of Computer Science, Rice University, November 1, 2004

Judge Bars Challengers From Polling Places
Democrats, Republicans and other groups cannot have representatives at the polls in Ohio on Election Day to challenge voters' eligibility, two federal judges ruled today. The Ohio Republican Party, which filed to intervene in the cases, called the ruling erroneous and said it would appeal the decision to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
—Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, November 1, 2004

Charges of Fraud and Voter Suppression Already Flying (site registration required)
In Lake County, Ohio, officials say at least a handful of voters have reported receiving a notice on phony board of elections letterhead saying that anyone who had registered through a variety of Democratic-leaning groups would not be allowed to vote this year.
—Kate Zernike & William Yardley The New York Times, November 1, 2004

Resources Set Up to Assist Voters
Procedures in place to prevent problems, Ohio officials say
More than 5.7 million Ohio voters live in areas that still have the infamous punch-card ballots—nearly 72 percent of the state's voting population. It's the highest percentage in any presidential battleground state and second only to Utah.
—Jon Craig The Columbus Dispatch, November 1, 2004

Where the Action's at for Poll Watchers: Ohio as the New Florida (site registration required)
In a sleek law firm conference room 19 stories above Park Avenue last Thursday night, the subject was where people wanted to go to monitor elections this week. A few hands shot up for Florida, and more for Pennsylvania. But while Florida may still be the marquee name in election mismanagement, Ohio is where most people wanted to be on Nov. 2. The most inscrutable of all the swing states, it's where the Republicans have filed objections to 35,000 new voter registrations and are sending 3,600 poll challengers, mainly to heavily minority precincts that tend to produce Democratic votes. The law students and lawyers in the Midtown law offices, volunteers for a group called Election Protection, wanted to be there, too, pushing in the opposite direction.
—Adam Cohen The New York Times, November 1, 2004

Elections Director Welcomes Spotlight
Damschroder gets bipartisan praise for his leadership
If everything goes well Tuesday, this will be the last you read about Matthew Damschroder for a while. If chaos rules, the nation could get to know him mighty fast. Damschroder's first presidential election as director of the Franklin County Board of Elections also happens to be one in which Ohio and Columbus could end up holding the keys to the White House.
—Robert Vitale The Columbus Dispatch, November 1, 2004

Voters Double Up in Florida and Ohio (site registration required)
CLEVELAND — Thousands of people who are registered voters in Ohio and Florida possibly could vote twice in the presidential election through use of absentee ballots, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday.
—Herald Wire Services, as reported in The Miami Herald, November 1, 2004

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