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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Karl Rove Smiles on Florida

The South-Florida Sun-Sentinel reported today that 60,000 absentee ballots mailed to Broward County voters who requested them are missing. The county's election office blames the Postal Service, and that agency claims all ballots it received were promptly mailed.

It's sad when the rest of the world can have elections with fewer problems than we can in the US. If this was an isolated incident, I wouldn't worry, but it is not. There have been several incidents of alleged fraud with voter registrations, including the GOP-funded scam on seven college campuses. There have been breakdowns in the new touch-screen voting machines. And of course Jeb and Co. have been trying to intimidate GOTV operations aimed at minority voters or outright trying to prevent minorities from being able to vote.

Now comes news that the Florida GOP has lists of Florida voters it intends to challenge on election day as wrongly registered or otherwise ineligible to vote. It falls in line with the big picture plan to challenge voters in states with razor-thin margins of victory in hopes that a Bush loss can be turned into a win by disqualifying enough votes. From the BBC:
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.

Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page so-called "caging list".

It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida.

An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day."

Ion Sancho, a Democrat, noted that Florida law allows political party operatives inside polling stations to stop voters from obtaining a ballot.
Sad sad sad. I cannot figure out why Republicans are so loyal to this obvious decitful and un-Christian presidential ticket. I think Bush and Cheney have violated just about every commandment, and that's just in the past few days.

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