Monday, November 06, 2006

Voter Intimidation in Virginia

We already have reports of voter intimidation and suppression tactics from Republicans.

-Fliers have appeared in African American communities in Buckingham with the headline "SKIP THIS ELECTION," leading many to wonder if the election is still going on.

-At least one voter has received a phone call purporting to be from the Virginia Board of Elections saying that he was still registered to vote in New York (he's been registered here since 1998) and he would face criminal charges if he attempted to vote.

-Multiple reports of out-of-state phone calls erroneously notifying people that their polling place has changed.

It is a sad thing that we have to go through this every single year.

The ONLY polling place that has changed in Albemarle County is the Northside Precinct. If you live in the Northside Precinct, you now vote at the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Station, 283 Reas Ford Road.

There are no phone calls being placed regarding this change. If ANYONE notifies you that your polling place has changed, they are intentionally misleading you in an attempt to disenfranchise you of your vote. If you have ANY doubt as to the location of your polling place, contact the local registrar at 951-6798.

As long as you properly registered to vote on or before October 10, 2006, you can vote in tomorrow's election at your local polling place. DO NOT let anyone tell you you cannot cast your vote. A complete listing of your rights as a Virginia Voter is posted here.

The polls will be open tomorrow, from 6 AM to 7 PM. There is no chance that the election will be postponed or cancelled. If you are in line by 7PM, you can vote.

If you have ANY problems voting, contact an election official at your polling place, or call the registrar at 951-6798.

Voting is your right as a citizen. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. And most important of all, exercise that right!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voter harrassment in Rhode Island with myriad computer-generated calls from Bill Clinton and other Democrats -- when the phone call recipients are not even registered as Deomocrats. Quite a few people with unlisted, unreleased phone numbers called as well. It is obnoxious at best. *** At least your boy Chris Dodd has headed home. Can't you keep him away from PC? Have him join a knitting group in Virginia or D.C. -- anything to keep him busy.

11/07/2006 12:12 AM  
Blogger Dan Kachur said...

Show me a citation and I might believe you. Show me your face and I'd be even more inclined to believe you.

I'm a Virginian. A Virginia political operative. A Virginia voter. I know the shenanigans that have taken place in Virginia. From blatant disenfranchisement of minority voters in Buckingham County (borders my own county) to a misinformation campaign spread across the state, what the Republicans have done here is unforgivable. We had Florida in 2000, Ohio in 2004 and now Virginia of 2006. Robo-calls are annoying as hell, and while there's evidence they're marginally beneficial, I hate them. But I know a robo-call and I know harassment, such as the willful harassment that the GOP employed in 53 House races over the last few days. What happened if Virginia is harassment. It's mean-spirited, it's un-Democratic and it's criminal. Republicans should be ashamed.

And unlisted numbers? Please. That's the big complaint? It's a friggin computer, it randomly dials.

I am a Virginian, but I am also a Friar. Senator Dodd has lived a life that does the PC mission statement proud. He is a fine Friar, and if I become half the public servant he has been his entire adult life, then I will consider my career a success. He is a fine man, and as far as I'm concerned, PC would be much better off to have him around more often.

I'm sure Senator-elect Whitehouse would agree.

11/08/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Mosquito said...

Vote by Mail could solve a lot of problems in VA and help bring back the notion that voting is a right not a privilege.


11/21/2006 7:53 AM  
Blogger Dan Kachur said...


A lot of attention has been paid to the vote by mail system employed in Oregon. There are problems, yes, but they seem to be miniscule in comparison to those in, say, Florida's 13th District.

Vote by mail would ease fears about the security of voting machines and would make the type of voter intimidation we saw here in Virginia much more difficult to execute.

11/23/2006 1:43 AM  

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