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Democracy at Risk? Voting Problems Reported in One State After Another

From Virginia to Georgia to Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan and South Florida, voting problems are starting to look rampant.  Reports have been streaming in for hours of a host of problems preventing people from casting their vote.  Problems include broken electronic voting and optical scan machines, no paper records provided where it is required by law, reports of swapped poll books — meaning polling places do not have the proper lists of registered voters, power outages leading to voters being given paper ballots, poorly trained or unresponsive election workers, long lines and general disorganization.  Read more here: http://blog.ourvotelive.org/

CNN also reporting voting problems:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/voting.problems/index.html

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McCain’s Gone Too Far

According to Time, McCain campaign staffers in Virginia are teaching volunteers to see Barack Obama as having terrorist friends, and then providing these volunteers with arguments for persuading voters that Sen. Obama, like Osama Bin Laden, shares responsibility for bombings of the Pentagon.  This is McCain’s PR machine run amuck.  It’s dangerous and intended to incite anger and violent responses.  Ultimately it’s a last ditch effort from a desperate campaign that’s losing ground by the moment.

http://jeffrey-feldman.typepad.com/frameshop/2008/10/frameshop-mccain-volunteers-being-taught-to-accuse-obama-of-terrorism.html

McCain and Palin’s fear mongering tactics unfortunately appear to be spreading as lawmakers in Rensselaer County, NY are calling for an investigation into the misspelling of Barack Obama’s name on absentee ballots.  300 absentee ballots were recently sent out that read “Barack Osama.” Election officials say the mistake was a typo. Here is an interview with best-selling conservative author Frank Schaeffer and former McCain supporter denouncing McCain’s campaign for inciting hatred and violence toward Barack Obama.

“John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.  You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate…”http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/13/former_mccain_supporter_accuses_the_senator

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