Friday, November 03, 2006

Republicans Suppressing The Vote In Maryland

"A recently distributed guide for Republican poll watchers in Maryland spells out how to aggressively challenge the credentials of voters and urges these volunteers to tell election judges they could face jail time if a challenge is ignored.

Democrats said yesterday they consider the handbook, obtained by The Washington Post, evidence of a Republican effort to block people from voting Tuesday.

"The tenor of the material is that they are asking folks, if not directing them, to challenge voters," said Bruce L. Marcus, an attorney for the state Democratic Party. "It's really tantamount to a suppression effort."

Advocacy groups including the National Campaign for Fair Elections, Common Cause and the NAACP, as well as a George Washington University professor who is an expert on voter suppression, agreed with that assessment."

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"The GOP poll-watcher program, outlined in a 13-page document, states: "Your most important duty as a poll worker is to challenge people who present themselves to vote but who are not authorized to vote."

Read the rest of the story.

I am curious how they know who is authorized to vote and who isn't?

If you don't think this is going to be happening in other places then you are either very naive or just refuse to face reality.

As was pointed out in the article this happened in Ohio in 2004 along with many voters be "dropped" from the rolls.

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