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Threat of voter suppression rears ugly head in Arizona

Enough already! In the pervasive pre-election madness leading up to November 2nd, reports have surfaced across the nation of GOP and Tea Party groups alleging massive voter fraud. It is widely suspected that the real reason for such shadowing is to intimidate minority voters, who tend to vote for Democrats.
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Oct 29, 2010, 8:06 am
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Via ACLU Arizona:

What To Do If You Are Challenged On Voting Day

·      Make sure the person challenging you has the proper credentials.  The only people who can challenge you are poll watchers or other voters.  Poll watchers must be registered to vote in the county in which the challenge takes place.
·      You cannot be challenged based merely on your appearance, last name, race, or national origin.
·      If you are challenged because of immigration status or because the challenger thinks you are present in the U.S. illegally, the challenger must show proof that you are not a U.S. citizen. Suspicions based on national origin or skin color cannot be used to prevent you from casting a ballot. 

·      You are still eligible to vote even if you are registered both in Arizona and in another state.  The challenger must prove that you actually voted in the other state before you can be ineligible.
·      If you are challenged because your address has changed within the same county, you can still vote.  Simply inform the poll workers or precinct clerk of your current address.
·      If you are challenged based on your perceived status as an ex-felon, it may be helpful to bring along your papers showing that your rights have been restored, but it is not necessary.  The challenger must show (1) that you were convicted of a felony, and (2) that your rights have not been restored. 
·      Even if the poll workers accept the challenge, they must still allow you to vote by a provisional ballot.
·      Challenges must not be allowed to disrupt the normal flow of voting.  If a challenger becomes disruptive, ask the official poll workers to remove the challenger.

Don’t be intimidated or discouraged from voting!

Oct 30, 2010, 2:17 pm
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Since this piece went “to press” there have been continuing developments in this story.  I’ve recently blogged about it with all the updates here:

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