Election Protection Monitors will be available nationwide

11/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A day before tens of millions go to the polls, a coalition of votings rights and other advocacy groups discussed emerging issues and potential problems that may happen at voting booths tomorrow.

The groups go under the umbrella of Election Protection.

Jonah Goldman is the director of the National Campaign For Fair Elections, with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Goldman spoke at a news conference in Washington where he showed reporters different maps on their website, and what information they provide by clicking on them.

Barbara Arnwine is executive director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She considers the biggest problem in voter suppression so far to be robocalls giving voters the wrong information on when to vote.

Wade Henderson with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights said he had heard of similar shenanigans in several states.

Arnwine says she’s heard of problems with voters – some disabled – requesting absentee ballots month ago and never receiving them. And she said there are problems with what is known in Florida as the “No Match, No Vote” law.

Arnwine said one of the biggest problems is “Voter Flipping” with electronic voting machines, where a voter chooses for one candidate, yet the final screen shows another result.

Yet another problem has been poll officials throughout the states with early voting not allowing those who have registration problems to not be able to fill out a provisional ballot.

Arnwine also said there have been problems with purging longtime voters from state wide databases.

Karen Narasaki with the Asian American Justice Center says there are concerns about Latino voters being confronted in Southern California tomorrow.

If you have a problem at the polls, you can call Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or go to the web at 866ourvote.org.

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