Voter suppression is kicking into high gear:
As expected, the Republican plan seems to be working like a charm:
*voters are being forced to stand in line as many as nine hours to vote in heavily Democratic areas of Florida, as planned—check.
*Harassment and illegal challenges from Tea Party voter vigilantes in Ohio and at least two other states--check.
*Voters vigilantes trained by the Romney campaign are told to deny their partisan affiliation and pretend to be neutral “concerned citizens”—check.
*Vastly reduced voting days, hours, and precincts has the intended result of discouraging millions of voters--check.
*In Arapahoe County, in the Denver Metro area, Republican officials reduced the more than 200 precinct polling places to only 32 and those with an artificially inadequate number of machines, so as to ensure long, long waits. God help you if you don’t know which new “voting center” is yours, or if you naively assume it’s the nearest one to your residence. Surprise!—check.
*A flood of false information intended to suppress voting sent out by mail and phone: “you can vote over the phone with me right now! You can vote after Tuesday! Your polling place has been changed! You can’t vote if you have unpaid parking tickets! It’s a felony to show up at the wrong polling place! Are you sure you’re an American? You have a foreign accent.”—check!
*An intentional onslaught of confusing and conflicting misinformation about what kind of ID will be demanded to be allowed to vote—check.
*Arizona officials mail out notices in English telling recipients to vote on November 6 and notices in Spanish telling those recipients to vote on November 8—check.
*Bomb scares close polling places for hours at a time—check.
Isn’t our democracy great? No wonder we are the envy of the world.
I really hope the whole world is watching.
Watching the process, not just the outcome and watching carefully.