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November 01, 2004

Voter suppression

Voters everywhere are weary of this election and its exceptional negativity at all levels. But adding insult to injury is the disturbing accounts around the nation of efforts to suppress votes, especially those of members of minority communities.

In one Georgia County, Republicans challenged voter registrations of dozens of voters with Hispanic surnames, apparently believing there was a chance some of them might not be legal citizens eligible to vote.

Several of the voters challenged took time off work or away from their families to go down to the courthouse to prove their eligibility. They shouldn't have had to, unless the challenges had proof they were not eligible.

New York Times Columnist Bob Herbert writes about the Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House admitting to trying to suppress Democratic votes to throw Pennsylvania's electoral votes to Bush. "The Kerry campaign needs to come out with humongous numbers here in Philadelphia. It's important for me to keep that number down," John Perzel said.

Denying people their right to vote is a hell of a way to run an election.

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Posted by Kate Riley at November 1, 2004 05:18 PM



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