Obama's Dirty Tricks in Texas and Ohio? [UPDATED x2]
by susanhu, Tue Mar 04, 2008 at 10:17:46 AM EST
"UPDATED STATEMENT FROM OHIO FOR HILLARY STATE DIRECTOR ROBBY MOOK ON TODAY'S VOTING
Voters Can Call (888) 472-9470 To Report Irregularities At The Polls" (The rest of this memo is at the end of the story.)
GET THIS STORY OUT. TELL EVERYONE. If you are on the ground in Texas or Ohio, and notice any irregularities, you can report them to the Clinton campaign via this form: "Polling Problems." (And report irregularities in the comments below.)Update [2008-3-4 15:50:4 by susanhu]: Ben Smith at Politico.com is reporting that "Ohio official rejects Obama poll-watcher letter." ("An official in the office of the Ohio Secretary of State has written local election officials instructing them not to accept an Obama campaign letter (.pdf) as sufficient documentation for poll-watchers to polling places. ...")
Jeralyn at Talkleft has the breaking story, "Dirty Tricks in Texas and Ohio?":
I'm receiving reports that contrary to Texas Democratic party caucus rules that preclude registration forms from being submitted before either 7:15 pm or the last vote at a precinct has been cast, Obama volunteers are handing out the forms at precincts today and asking people to fill them in and then collecting them. For Obama to submit the forms on the voters' behalf without the voter physically being present at the caucus would violate the rules.
Jeralyn, an attorney who's a legal expert for the media, cites the rules:
Participants may NOT begin signing in until the precinct convention has been called to order. The call to order may not occur until 7:15 p.m. OR whenever the last voter finishes voting at that polling location whichever is later. If, after the convention has been called to order and participants have signed in, any participant who wishes to leave may do so, and their sign in WILL count toward the delegate allocation for each candidate. Sign-In ends when the last person present waiting to sign in has done so.
Jeralyn asks any Texas voter who has witnessed this to let her know. Then she cites more on the rules and includes some "disturbing reports from Ohio." Read all.
KEY: We need you to get this story out. Far and wide. We also need you to find more instances, and to report them in the comments below.
Just an additional reminder that there will be bamboozling:
That's the most telling video, and it's from my piece, "There Will Be Bamboozling" and from my heartfelt confession to Hillary supporters about getting the Obama message BIG TIME, "The Choice (But I've Been Touched)."In a campaign, it's one thing. BUT ON ELECTION DAY? AT POLLING PLACES? AT CAUCUSES?
Update [2008-3-4 16:49:19 by susanhu]:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2008
Contact: Press Office, 614-302-0632
** MEDIA ADVISORY**
UPDATED STATEMENT FROM OHIO FOR HILLARY STATE DIRECTOR ROBBY MOOK ON TODAYS VOTING
Voters Can Call (888) 472-9470 To Report Irregularities At The Polls
COLUMBUS , OH Ohio for Hillary State Director Robby Mook issued the following statement regarding today's voting:
As Ohioans head to the polls today, were seeing high turnout across the state despite bad weather.
It is inspiring to see so many Democrats turning out to vote today, and we encourage everyone to make their voice heard in this election.
While we expect voting to run smoothly, we have heard troubling reports of irregularities and inappropriate behavior by Sen. Obamas campaign across the state. We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that all voters rights are preserved.
According to the Atlantic Monthly web site, Ohio 's Secretary of State, an office held by a Democrat, has rebuked Sen. Barack Obama's campaign for trying to staff precincts with poll workers who presented insufficient credentials.
In Akron , a certified Obama poll watcher was removed by the presiding judge from Akron's 4M precinct for aggressively challenging voters.
In Cincinnati , we have numerous reports that Obama poll watchers have been reprimanded after wearing campaign paraphernalia into polling places, in clear violation of election law.
We encourage all of our supporters to head to the polls today, as we continue to work with local election officials and the Ohio Democratic Party to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised. There is too much at stake in this election for Democrats to stay home.
Voters who witness inappropriate behavior or other voting irregularities are asked to call (888) 472-9470 or log on to www.hillaryclinton.com and report their experiences.