Thursday, August 17, 2006

Can the Blackwell Machine count the votes fairly in Ohio?

African American Political Pundit says: The Washington Post reports Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is trailing Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland by 20 points in the race for governor of Ohio, there was dismay but no shock among his fellow Republicans. Now the question is can we trust the voting results?

After votes were suppressed in Florida and Ohio during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Salon and
(hat tip) Raw Story warns that four additional states could see voters prevented from casting ballots, with the greatest impact felt by Democratic candidates.

The report shows business as usual in Ohio where gubernatorial candidate and current Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has pushed regulations working to hinder voter registration efforts in the state. Similar efforts are afoot in Florida, as well as new authority for partisan pollwatchers to challenge the registration of individual voters.

Salon: Voter suppression efforts seen in six states

But it is in four new states where Salon emphasizes new troubles might break out:

In Arizona, legislation that requires proof of citizenship to vote is taking a toll beyond the illegal immigrants it seeks to keep out of polling places.

In Indiana, difficulties in securing state identification have complicated the ability of many to register to vote.

In California, problems have been identified with electronic voting machines, and the consolidation of statewide voter registration lists is being used to bar voters from the rolls.

In Missouri, rigid ID laws for voters are seen to be targeting minority voters likely to vote against Republicans.

We will have to see how this plays out. Don't expect the Bush Justice Department to do anything. Where are the watch dog groups when you need them? Thank goodness for blogs.


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