November 2nd incoming news and related articles
Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2004 at 11:27 AM
Election Coverage / previous feature
Rustbelt Radio will air election day, at 6 PM. Audio recordings or written testimony from your election-day experiences are welcome before 4 PM on Tuesday. Michican IMC has also organized a continuous live webstream covering the election. You can call in live to 1 877 825 9535 no matter what your home state.
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Incoming News From Michigan IMC wire
* 3:15 pm - Caller from Bowling Green State University reports that the University Administration has issued a directive forcing all political signs to be removed from campus. While the Administration focuses on repressing speech on campus, there seems to be little concern for dealing with long lines which are preventing people from voting. Lines are more than two hours long and some voters have become discouraged and left. Some activists at BGSU are wondering if this is a deliberate effort to repress the student vote. Lawyers are being contacted.
* 1:45 pm - Caller reports two hour wait to vote at Bowling Green State University. Activists are trying to encourage folks to stay in line by buying food and giving it to those waiting. Some are leaving the lines, needing to go to class. High degree of political tension: caller reports "hate speech" and "politcal name calling." Several fights have broken out, with people stealing each others signs resulting in chases. The group Reach-Out Bowling Green has dropped anti-Bush/pro-Kerry banners aroung campus.
* 1:30 pm - Bowling Green State University in Ohio
Reports of large voter turnout
* 12:15 - Toledo, OH--Voters in the predominantly African-American community of Toledo's Old West End were turned away from the polls this morning at Glenwood Elementary School, after it was discovered that the voting machines were locked away in the principal's office. Over one hundred people had been turned away before the machines were retrieved. Just a few hours later at 10:45 A.M., voters were again turned away when the polling place ran out of pencils used to mark the ballots. Poll watchers ran out and purchased pencils out of their own pocket. Some voters may have been turned away due to the short pencil deficit.
* 12:15 - In Ohio, the Hotline has received numerous calls regarding the presence of challengers outside of polling places. Also from Ohio was a report of someone in a white "Voting Rights Team" jacket approaching/harassing voters.
* 11:30 am - Reports from Cleveland that waits are an hour. Everyone is in a good mood because of high turnout
* 10:45 am - In poor and middle class neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio, at least three reports of 2-hour waits. In wealthy Upper Arlington, there has been one report of 15 -minute wait.
* 10:30 am - Franklin county, Ohio- A poll in Livingston elementary school, in a predominatly black neighborhood, is no longer signing people in to vote. They had been signing people in and then making them wait, but because of volume, they're not even signing people in now.
* 10:30 - In Ohio there is one polling place in a funeral home. There is a funeral taking place at the poll from 10am-1pm, during which the director of the funeral home said that people handing out information and documenting turnout for the voting site need to be "invisible". The polls at the funeral home are also understaffed. At the previously reported funeral home polling place, an election protection lawyer was brought in to mediate situation. The funeral director had thought he could tell them to leave because it was private property, but the lawyer explained that he had leased his property to board of elections for the day. Read More
* 9:45 am - A poll in a predominately black neighborhood in Columbus Ohio opened a half an hour late. One poll worker pledged to stay a half hour later, but the poll is understaffed - there is only 4 workers, when there should be 8. At least one person who was there to vote at 6:30 left without voting.
* 9:15am - Toledo, at 7:30 voters were being turned away from Glenwood Elementary School because the voting ballot counting machines are locked in the principal's office.
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* Voting Irregularities Nationwide a list of incidents of voting irregularities reported this morning to The League of Pissed Off Voters
* Disable Diebold: Disconnect the Modems
* Elections are a Scam
Actual power lies with big business and the state bureaucracy, elected representatives must do what these institutions want. Read Full Article
* Voter fraud
It's not even Election Day and there are several lawsuits already out there in the battleground state of Ohio, which could impact the voting eligibility of tens of thousands of Ohioans.
One place where voter legitimacy has cropped up is in the Democratic stronghold of Cuyahoga County, where election officials have been scrutinizing 17,700 newly registered voters whose legitimacy have been challenged by the Republican Party.
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* Voter suppression in Lake County
* Judge Blocks voter eligibility hearings