Friday, October 29, 2004

What to do if challenged at the polls... 

Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

From the comments of Atrios today (I'll update the info as it occurs):

If one is challenged at the polls, go immediately to the election judge at the poll - the person who is in charge. If it is the judge who challenges - and in Texas, that is the only person who can directly challenge a voter - then call Election Protection. Tell them what has happened. They will send a lawyer there if it looks like it is necessary.I"ll go over to ElectionProtection and get some phone numbers.Tena Email Homepage 10.29.04 - 12:30 pm #

I suggest information as to how one would conduct oneself if challenged at the polls, and people are responding, above and below quotes from the comments section of Atrios:

.1) In the first instance, comply with whatever the elections authorities request to demonstrate that you are a proper voter -- I think, for the most part, at the polls all you have to do is sign a written affirmation. But, in any case, be as cooperative as practical. You are, after all, in the right.2) In the course of (1), get whatever information you can -- particularly identifying information -- about the intimidator. 3) Notify local media, particularly broadcast media, law enforcement, and anyone you can reach via the blogosphere of the intimidation (Atrios, I hope, will have an election-day semi-open thread for just that purpose) -- get the information out.4) Consult with an attorney to determine if you have any civil remedies available, and what the risks and costs are of pursuing them. Pursue them as fully as you can consistent with the risks and costs you are personally willing to bear.Essentially, in short, do what is necessary to vote, then make sure as many people know about the intimidation as possible, and do everything you can to make sure they don't get away without paying for it.cmdicely Email Homepage 10.29.04 - 12:33 pm #

Ok, Atrios has posted the numbers for Election Protection.Folks, EP04 is our best friend in this situation. The org. has an entire army of lawyers ready to go if one is needed. It has all kinds of knowledgeable people who can help when something goes wrong. It is not going to be possible to mount your own anti-goon squad on the 2d. Just use the tools that are available, thanks to the PAC.Tena Email Homepage 10.29.04 - 12:43 pm #

Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)