Monday, October 25, 2010

Republican voter suppression reported in Florida

Here we go again.
While I waited, which was about another ten minutes I observed a gentleman standing behind all the voting officials with an "I Voted" sticker on and his cell phone open. He was recording data into his cell phone. Then, cell phone open he would walk over to the open computer screens with all the voter data displayed and record more data, then walk around the table to look at the info the Haitian man in front of me had written down on his registration form then back to his open cell phone to record more data. This happened to ALL of the people sitting at all four computers gathering info.

When I got in and sat down I immediately said "WHO IS THAT GUY AND WHY IS HE STANDING THERE LOGGING DATA INTO AN OPEN CELLPHONE." I said, "IS HE TAKING PICTURES?" I jumped up and read his nametag. He was a Republican Poll Watcher. He walked around the table and was doing the same thing to me I saw him doing to the Haitian guy. I grabbed up my forms and insisted he step away. A couple people in charge gave me a yellow form to submit a complaint. I was shaking but I recorded his name and what he was doing and said it really upset me.

Another person handed me the rules for poll watchers. It was 3 pages long. I just asked for them to show me where it says they can stand behind the poll workers and take personal information about the voter directly from the voter logs. They said that wasn't allowed. LOL. DUH! The guy had been in there god only knows how long doing that.
Prepare for a lot of these stories this year, because Republicans are going to pull out all the stops to interfere with Americans' right to vote if those Americans happen to live in a jurisdiction that votes heavily for Democrats.

Be sure to take a camera to the polls with you. If anyone gets in your way, or tries to slow down voting, take their picture and demand their name. If Republicans interfere with your right to vote make sure you document it and get names and faces. Don't let the Republican Party steal these elections.

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