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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

More Ugliness from Florida

posted by Jazz at 10/26/2004 04:02:00 PM


Courtesy of Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast. (Hat tip.) According to the BBC, there's more scurrilous activity afoot in Florida. (Why do we have to hear about this from the BBC? Where is the MSM on these things?) Apparently the GOP in Florida has been maintaining a list of primarily black (read "Democratic") voters in Florida to challenge at the polls, just like they are doing in Ohio.

A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals. Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page so-called "caging list".

It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida.

An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day."

Also, somebody seems to be staging private detectives outside of early vote polling places to monitor who's voting and what color they are.

In Jacksonville, to determine if Republicans were using the lists or other means of intimidating voters, we filmed a private detective filming every "early voter" - the majority of whom are black - from behind a vehicle with blacked-out windows.

The private detective claimed not to know who was paying for his all-day services.

On the scene, Democratic Congresswoman Corinne Brown said the surveillance operation was part of a campaign of intimidation tactics used by the Republican Party to intimate and scare off African American voters, almost all of whom are registered Democrats.

Jill's comment on this? (And I have to agree.)

"One thing you've got to say about Jeb Bush: his family loyalty knows no bounds, and if at first he doesn't succeed in purging likely Democratic (read: black) voters, he tries, tries again."

At some point we have to publicly acknowledge that there is an organized national effort to suppress the vote.