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Vote Supression on the Ground in Florida

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What happens when voters want to cast in-person absentee ballots in Miami-Dade County? Close the polls for no reason and start towing the cars of people waiting in line.

Republicans will do anything to win this election, including shenanigans both on Tuesday and after to challenge voters, go to court, anything.

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  • That’s why I hope my vote for Ralph Nader Jill Stein sends them a message!

    • Joe

      I decided to vote Dem for Pres (as a whole, I think he deserves my vote), senator (Gillibrand has turned out to be a good choice), a local pol who actually really opened up an office in the neighborhood to compete with a seedy incumbent (such gumption, down to handing out t-shirts and having weekly BBQs just isn’t done around here) and vote Green for various other local safe seats. Having the right people in local offices in FL probably would matter. Nation-wide, Obama’s (Jill Stein — really no better than Romney!) AG is actually doing stuff to stop voter suppression.

  • Timb

    I read the article and it sounded like a failure of planning with no malice.

    • ploeg

      The malice is in Gov. Luthor and the state lege forcing the counties to take these expedients to allow Sunday voting.

      • This. The staff at the Doral elections office don’t seem to be the problem. I don’t doubt that people were parking in other people’s lots; the parking demand was probably several times what the office’s lot could hold.

        The state got rid of established voting procedures, and then did nothing to prepare for how the people affected would vote. And the Doral elections office ends up with five voting booths, two staffers, and a few parking spaces.

      • spencer

        I will say this for Governor Skeletor: he doesn’t insult our intelligence by pretending that anything he does is for non-partisan reasons.

        I don’t know if his 35% approval ratings (last time I checked) are the cause or the result of this behavior.

        • cpinva

          actually, he’s just a ginormous, criminal asshole.

          I don’t know if his 35% approval ratings (last time I checked) are the cause or the result of this behavior.

          i wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him burned at the stake, and i don’t mean in effigy.

          • Davis X. Machina

            He’s a ginormous, criminal asshole who’s got more money than God, is laughing us, and is even money for re-election. (There’s an R after his name. He’s white. He has more money than God.)

            • Florida conservatives seem to prefer a candidate who steals Medicare money for himself over one who prefers to spend it on health care.

              • Malaclypse

                Well, technically, he stole Medicaid money, which only goes to those who are, by definition, undeserving.

                • See, I was wondering why old people in Florida put up with him.

                  I should have figured it was Medicaid.

                • DrDick

                  However, a quarter of all Medicaid benefits go to the elderly, mostly to cover nursing homes.

            • spencer

              is even money for re-election

              I’ve read he is considering skipping the whole re-election thing in favor of going back to being a rich private citizen asshole.

      • timb

        Well, you shouldn’t read my comment as a defense of the criminal in charge, only that the article Eric links to is not an example of “voter suppression on the ground.” The article details the efforts taken a long time ago.

        • ploeg

          Not at all. As was the case twelve years ago, this is a shitpile not of the Miami-Dade Election Department’s making.

    • wengler

      No malice?

      Dude’s first thought when he learned voting going on, ‘ Stop the voting!’

  • c u n d gulag

    And let’s not forget the bomb-threats in FL!

    Nothing says, “Don’t vote!” like bomb threats, and the threat of ending up with your head as a hanging bloody human chad.

  • Davis X. Machina

    Extremism in the defense of extremism is no vice.

    Remember what’s at state here, people, and look at who’s in the White House.

    Your voting rights will be returned to you unharmed at the conclusion of the emergency.

    • c u n d gulag

      And that emergency will end somewhere about the start of the 22nd Century.

      • Jameson Quinn

        No, we’ll find or create the next emergency long before then. As long as there’s no gaps, it’s OK to change.

  • DrDick

    They know they are losing, not just this election, but the country over the long term and they are desperate to cling to power.

    • dlankerlanger

      lets declare that they’re losing after they lose

      • DrDick

        Demography will not be kind in the long term and the odds from people like Nate Silver and Sam Wang are that Obama wins and the Dems hold the Senate in the near term. They could still steal it through these kinds of voter suppression measure, but not on honest votes.

  • jim

    They will steal this election regardless of how many people vote for Obama. The Rethugs have it in the bag.

    So make a real statement. Vote Jill Steim.

    • DrDick

      So make a real statement. Vote Jill Steim.

      Right, a statement that says, “Ignore me, I am a delusional idiot!”

    • Hunky Jimpjorps (@HymieTugjobzzz)

      Really? Really.

    • NickT

      Vote for Jill Stein, because she wasn’t smart enough to realize how to advance her causes and so decided to play futile gesture politics instead.

    • Do you genuinely imagine that anyone here is stupid enough to fall for that? I feel vaguely insulted.

      • DrDick

        I am much more than “vaguely” insulted.

      • Woodrowfan

        in her day job she works for a Nigerian email scammer…

    • wengler

      Who the hell is Jill Steim?

      • Woodrowfan

        I think she’s Carmen Sandiego’s sidekick, but I’m not sure.

    • parrot

      i’m voting for jill stein … nba commissioner 2014 … where her medical talents can prevent nfl head injuries …

    • I’m starting to suspect that most of Jill Stein’s “supporters” are just Republican trolls trying to suppress the Democratic vote.

      • Holden Pattern

        Dem partisans shouting down the insufficiently enthusiastic do a good enough job of that.

    • spencer

      This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read, and I’ve read the entire “Sweet Valley High” series.

  • Major Kong

    When you elect a super-villain as your governor you shouldn’t be surprised when he starts building a giant kryponite-powered death ray on top of the state capitol.

    • wjts

      Don’t blame me; I voted for Gorilla Grodd.

  • scott

    In the next 24-36 hours, likelihood that Farley and/or Scott will do a post on Nader or Friedersdorf? Using my special sabermetric statistical model whose secrets I will divulge for a suitably high fee, I estimate the odds at 90.314159265%, although in the interest of science I welcome any other informed estimates.

    • Walt

      My competing model puts it at only 63%.

    • Grant

      We can’t do accurate probabilities unless you separate the “and” and the “or.” You mathematical illiterate.

      But, of course, this all Nader’s fault.

  • Cody

    “We all knew what the rules were. When you start doing things like that, you’re opening to criticism of favoring one side or the other,”

    Isn’t it pretty much giving up the game when you say “allowing people to vote is partisan?”

    Which side is it that it hurts when you allow people to vote?

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