News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 30, 2014

WRAP UP OF PROBLEMS AT THE POLLS--Andrew Stelzer

Thousand of volunteers from all over the country are fanned out across the State of Florida to protect residents right to vote, and avoid some of the problems which plagued the 2000 election. So far, there have been minor problems reported throughout the state, but no major incidents of voter suppression.

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SOUND “VOTE NOW� In a NEIGHBORHOOD nicknamed suitcase city Because of its poor, transient population, a car with a Kerry Edwards s...

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IS THE ENVIRONMENT AFFECTING VOTERS CHOICES-Andrew Stelzer

With the war in Iraq dominating the presidential campaign, some are calling the environment the lost issue of the 2004 election season. WMNF went to the College Hill library on East Martin Luther King Boulevard Monday afternoon, to ask people waiting in line to vote what role the issue of the environment played would play when they cast their ballots.

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ELECTION DAY TURNOUT - Radioactivity

Frank Sanchez, a former candidate for mayor of Tampa and Tony Welch, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee discussed what they were seeing at the polls and hearing about turnout on election day.

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VOTING PROBLEMS ON ELECTION DAY - Radioactivity

Two volunteers from the local independent media center have been taking calls all day from WMNF listeners who noticed problems at the polling places. Anita Stewart and Lara Stewart described many problems, hurdles and unusual events today including difficulty getting correct votes on touch screen machines, police patrolling near election places, voters being turned away from polls for wearing political t-shirts, long lines, voters address changed by persons unknown, and unknown persons illega...

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PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED WITH VOTING SYSTEMS - Radioactivity

BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast identified some of the problems identified ahead of election day and on election day with voting in the U.S. He pointed to faulty felon voting lists, lack of security in electronic voting and failure to institute reforms since the 2000 election.

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BIKEVOTER BLACK RALLY IN SARASOTA-Brandy Doyle

As lines for early voting have stretched up to 7 hours, many Floridians have turned voting into a social activity—Including some students in Sarasota who’ve formed their own voting black. WMNFs Brandy Doyle reports.

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DRUG POLICY INITIATIVES ON THE BALLOT-Andrew Stelzer

After tomorrow, Marijuana may be legal in one of the 50 states---WMNF spoke with Michael Blane who works at the Drug Policy Alliance, about this, and some of the other drug policy issues that will be on the ballot tomorrow in cities and states across the nation.

DRUG POLICY

That was Michael Blane with the Drug Policy Alliance. Their website is www.drugpolicy.org Medical marijuana initiatives will also appear on tomorrow’s ballot In Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Columbia...

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KERRY RALLY HALLOWEEN IN TAMPA. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In a poll conducted Sunday by the Miami Herald, of the sixteen percent of voters who cast ballots early, Kerry drew a full fifty-six percent, compared to George W Bush, who received just thirty-nine percent. LAST NIGHT, an estimated ten thousand of the Democratic party faithfull gathered to rally for Senator John Kerry in his bid for the Presidency. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there and files this report. Roll Tape;(Betty Castor)

SCRIPT: Senate hopefull Betty Castor introduced Jo...

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TED SELKER ON VOTING TECHNOLOGY - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow: A record 120 Million Americans are set to vote tomorrow- and there are all types of fears -

Despite all of the voting problems here in Florida in 2000 – there are still problems potentially lurking – such as

Counting Votes is still left to different machines and largely overseen by partisan state and local election officers..

Eligible voters STILL may be denied the opportunity to cast ballots if they show up to vote at the wrong place ...

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JUDGES RULE AGAINST OUTSIDERS CHALLENGING OHIO VOTERS - Mitch Perry

State Republicans Plan to Appeal Ruling Against Polling Place Tactics

Two federal judges today barred parties from posting challengers at polling places throughout Ohio, saying poll workers, not outsiders, should determine voter eligibility. State Republicans planned to appeal.

An order by U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott of Cincinnati found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places was unconstitutional.

In a similar case, U.S. District Judge Joh...

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