Thursday, September 11, 2008
GOP Suppressing Votes Again, Part XXXiii(4)(a)
Dear God, when will they stop? (via Twitter from @wellstoneaction)
Lose Your House, Lose Your Vote
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.Read the whole thing. It's really scary the extent they'll go to. First they create the housing bubble, then they foreclose on people, then the disenfranchise them to boot.
“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.
State election rules allow parties to assign “election challengers” to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they “have a good reason to believe” that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a “true resident of the city or township.”
Gee. I wonder if foreclosed voters from Republican districts will be challenged too.
Here's another story that should be on the front page.
By my reckoning, that universal front page redesign better be a couple of miles high.
If you haven't figured it out, the foreclosure thing affects renters, too. If the landlord can't make the mortgage payment on an investment property, everyone loses.
UPDATE: Elsewhere (and probably in Michigan too) they're running the Absentee Ballot Scam:
"Misleading" absentee ballot applications are being mailed out by the McCain campaign to registered Democratic voters in purple states. The return addresses are inaccurate, as well as other information. "Misleading, lying" mailers are going out in Florida and other purple states. It's a caging tactic.
Calls are coming in verifying that this is happening in small towns, as well as larger ones.
The host is trying to determine the scale of this subversion of our democracy.
Here we go again.
UPDATE: It's happening in Pennsylvania, too. The ballots have included multiple ballots, sender address is a new address while return address is from old city clerk's office... The I'm trying to type this as he says it, and it may not be clear, since I miss some. I apologize for that.
Fraud. Election fraud. Hopefully the local authorities can help, or the local Obama offices. Calling the media could help, too.
A caller: Robocalls asking if you're interested in an absentee ballot. Or, notifying the voter that the ballot will be mailed back postage paid to the National Republican Committee.
Another caller from Detroit. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida: That's where the absentee ballots are being sent to Obama voters. Add Missouri to that, per one of our commenters.
You can be sure McCain isn't doing this because he wants every vote counted.
There is more, and the article is being updated as I speak. Via Rnedewa's diary at Daily Kos.
(Yes, I'm everywhere). I remember they were doing something like this when I was canvassing in Wisconsin 4 years ago. Volunteers: when you go door to door, keep an eye out for when people tell you they've already had someone give them a ballot.
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