Vote Watch 2004
Vote/Election fraud, vote suppression, voting irregularities, voter intimidation in Election 2004

 

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ARIZONA

11/2/04_4 [Permalink]
More voting irregularities in Arizona include display of large photo of President Bush at polling site, understaffed polling location leading to extra long lines/delays and a closed polling site in an area with a large Mexican-American population

Election Protection reports this:

Understaffed Polling Place in Arizona Leading to Long Lines

Voters in Maricopa County, Arizona report to the hotline that there is only one person reading the list of names from the rolls, which has created an extremely long backlog.

(November 2, 2004 02:30 PM )

Arizona: Maricopa County Polling Place Reportedly Closed

An Election Protection volunteer in Maricopa County reports that one polling site in an area with a large Hispanic population is closed.

(November 2, 2004 12:51 PM )  

Arizona Polling Place Reportedly Displays Picture of President Bush

The hotline received a call from Maricopa County, Arizona that the polling site is displaying a large picture of President Bush. The caller states that the employees at the Armory say that the picture should stay up because it demonstrates the chain of command. Although County Election Officials have said that the picture must be removed, on site personnel reportedly refuse to take it down.

(November 2, 2004 12:47 PM )

 

11/2/04_3 [Permalink]
Some democratic voters in Arizona went to wrong polling sites due to fraudulent calls

Election Protection reports this:

The hotline received a call from Pima County, Arizona, indicating that Democratic voters received calls throughout Monday evening, providing incorrect information about the precinct location. Voters have had to be transported en masse in order to correct the problem.

 

11/2/04_2 [Permalink]
Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights files FBI complaint saying that at least one voter in Arizona got an automated call urging the voter to vote tomorrow - and that the called ID was that of the Tucson GOP HQ

Via Campaign Desk, we have this report at TAPPED:

On the same conference call, Barbara Arnwine just relayed that the Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights filed a complaint with the FBI today against the Arizona Republican Party. The Lawyers Committee received a call from a voter in Tuscon who received an automated call instructing her to vote tomorrow. The number that showed up on the voter's caller ID led to Tuscon's GOP headquarters.

 

11/2/04_1 [Permalink]
Older News: Fox News reporter intimidates students registering new voters in Arizona, suggesting that they were potentially signing up students to commit felonies

Via PFAW/NAACP, a report in The Nation:

Juliana Zuccaro and Kelly Kraus thought they were exercising their civic rights and responsibilities on August 31 when, as officers of the Network of Feminist Student Activists at the University of Arizona in Tucson, they helped set up a voter-registration drive on the UA mall. Imagine their astonishment when the local Fox affiliate news team showed up and lit into the young women. "The reporter asked if we knew that we were potentially signing students up to commit felonies," Juliana told me--by registering out-of-state students to vote in Arizona. When Kelly then asserted that Arizona law requires only that those registering be resident in the state twenty-nine days before the election, Natalie Tejeda, the Fox reporter, insisted it was illegal to register students. On the news that night, student voter registration was the crime du jour:

Tejeda: What many don't realize is that legally, students from out of state aren't eligible to vote in Arizona because they're considered temporary residents.

Chris Roads [Pima County Registrar's office]: If they are only here to attend school and their intention is to immediately return to where they came from when school is over then they are not residents of the state of Arizona for voting purposes and they cannot register to vote here.

Tejeda: ...Those caught misrepresenting their residency can face a severe punishment.

Roads: The form in Arizona is an affidavit; it is a felony offense if you are lying on that form.

Tejeda: So how easy is it to get caught? Well, starting this past January all voter applications are cross-checked with the Motor Vehicles Department and Social Security Administration. If they find that you are falsifying your residency you could be prosecuted. At this time we don't know if anybody has yet been indicted, but Roads says one of the easiest things you can do to avoid all that is simply go online or pick up the phone, call your home state's elections office and ask for an absentee ballot.

Anchor: Better to be safe on that one. Thanks, Natalie.

Misguided youth or hardened criminals? They report, you decide.

When an urgent e-mail from UA professor Laura Briggs about the Fox broadcast flashed across my screen a few days later, I assumed that such an egregious example of voter intimidation by proxy--with GOP TV standing in for, well, the GOP--would be all over the media by the time my next column deadline rolled around, so I passed on it. Silly me. As I write three weeks later, almost nothing has appeared outside the local press. The silence persisted even after the Feminist Majority--which had spearheaded the students' drive as part of its Get Out Her Vote campaign--held a press conference to publicize the incident. In those three weeks, how many stories have you read bemoaning the apathy of youth, and in particular the fecklessness of young women too "busy" shoe shopping and barhopping to focus on the election?

In fact, despite a 1979 Supreme Court ruling affirming their right to vote where they attend school, students often encounter difficulties when they try to exercise that right. A recent Harvard survey of 249 colleges and universities found that more than one-third weren't complying with the law requiring them to help students register and vote. What's more, local and state officials have tried to prevent students from registering or voting at William and Mary, the University of New Hampshire, Skidmore, Hamilton and Henderson State University in Arkansas, among others. Students at predominantly African-American Prairie View A&M in Waller County, Texas, were threatened with prosecution if they voted without "a legal voting address" by the District Attorney in a series of letters to the local paper. Strangely enough, it was earlier attempts to suppress the vote of Prairie View students that prompted the Supreme Court's 1979 ruling.

When I spoke to Chris Roads, the official quoted in Tejeda's story--yes, he's a Republican--he claimed that Fox had quoted him out of context. His mention of "felony" was originally addressed to a "hypothetical" posed by Tejeda: What would he say to someone who planned to flat-out lie--who said, "I don't live here, can I fill out the form?" Roads says he was "shocked when it blossomed into a story about prosecuting people" for registering--in fact, he told me, no one has ever been prosecuted in Arizona over residency requirements. What is residency, exactly? "Residency means you intend to remain," he went on.

"So it's a subjective thing?" I asked. "You look into your heart?"

"That's right," he said. "You look into your heart."

Roads is a genial man and I enjoyed our chat. Like "intend," "remain" turns out to be a verb as flexible in meaning for registrars as "is" was for Bill Clinton, and don't get him started on "resident"! But despite demands from the students and from Feminist Majority, he did not publicly clarify his comments on Fox News. That was left to his boss, F. Ann Rodriguez, a Democrat, who finally stated on September 9 that out-of-state students may vote. Fox has not only failed to correct its original report; it has continued to suggest on the air that out-of-state students who register in Arizona are breaking the law and could end up in big trouble. And the state bureaucracy is still providing misleading or confusing information: When Nation intern Raina Lipsitz called the Arizona Secretary of State's office to ask if an out-of-state student may vote, she was repeatedly told that she couldn't register in two states at once and, finally, that she should read the statute herself.

The young feminists have done a wonderful job of publicizing the right of students to register and vote. They've held a press conference and reached out to the community, Democratic lawmakers and other student groups. Even the young Republicans--whose registration efforts down the mall from the young feminists were ignored by Fox--have supported them. Juliana and Kelly are now hard at work planning their next registration drive. They're calling it STILL Getting Out Her Vote.

 

10/31/04 [Permalink]
Arizona's Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction issues memo advising schools serving as polling places to take security measures (including police presence) - based on a recent school 'terror alert' from the Bush Homeland Security department that had already been shown to be highly dubious and possibly bogus

First, via Mbryan at Dailykos, here's a report in the Arizona Republic (bold text is my emphasis):

Arizona schools that double as voting precincts are being asked to consider implementing security measures on Election Day that voting-rights advocates say could violate federal and state laws.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne sent the letter Monday, advising district and school administrators to monitor all voters who come on campuses and to consider implementing emergency-response plans during Tuesday's election. Horne added that the memo does not require any school to take any action.

John Hartsell, Arizona director for the Election Protection coalition, said, "Our only concern is that, while protecting students, you may infringe on the rights of voters. If folks have to show identification to get on campus or get into the polling place, that's a violation of the Help America Vote Act and of state statutes."

About one-third of Arizona's 2,109 precinct polling places are at schools.
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Horne's memo to administrators says, "It has come to the attention of the Arizona Department of Education that there may be a potential security risk at schools that are a polling place for elections. . . . We recommend that all schools that are a polling place take steps to monitor voters. . . . If needed, schools may use their existing Emergency Response Plan (ERP) as the means for implementing these measures."

Horne said the memo was prompted by an Oct. 6 federal Department of Education notice advising school officials nationwide to take precautions after Chechen separatists slaughtered 331 people in early September at a school in Beslan, Russia.

Horne acknowledged that his office issued an earlier advisory on that topic, which did not mention election security. He said his safety specialist prepared the more recent letter, and he is not certain what led to it.

Horne emphasized that the memo does not require Arizona education officials to take any action on polling day but merely recommends security precautions. "The last thing in the world I would ever want to do is discourage anyone from voting," he added. "All I did was ask people to be vigilant, and I'm not doing anything beyond that."

Hartsell noted that the memo advocates a police presence that could be chilling to some voters. If Horne's advice is followed by school administrators, he added, "We would have to take legal action."

Now, here is something that Atrios had previously pointed out about the school "terror" alert from Homeland Security:

Call Them Out

Is the media ever going to hold these people accountable for making military decisions and releasing terror alerts for political purposes? They're not even trying to hide it anymore. Could anything be more outrageous? I don't think the Rude Pundit is rude enough sometime.

First, we have this:
Civilians involved in the process also told the Times that the new approach was formulated in part to counter criticism from President Bush's Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, that the administration has no plan for Iraq.
And, then we have this, regarding the "your children are all going to die" terror alert:
The Department of Homeland Security official said the material was associated with a person in Iraq, and it could not be established that this person had any ties to terrorism. He did have a connection to civic groups doing planning for schools in Iraq, the official said. (eRiposte emphasis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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