VOTE, and be aware NAACP and Other Agencies will Respond to Election Irregularities

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 17:20.
03/04/2008 - 06:30
03/04/2008 - 19:30
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Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Line

Polls are open for voting from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 4, 2008.... more related information at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website.

The Cleveland NAACP, The NAACP National Voter Fund, The Advancement Project, SEIU, People for the American Way, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are staging to respond to any voting irregularities that may occur on election day, March 4, 2008.  Individuals can call 1-866-OURVOTE to report voting problems and receive live free assistance from trained volunteers.

This national effort is being coordinated locally by the Cleveland NAACP at their 2131 Stokes Blvd. offices.  The local number is 216-231-6260.

“Teams of attorneys and volunteers have been trained on voting laws and procedures and are prepared to respond to reported voting problems in Greater Cleveland,” said Stan Miller Cleveland NAACP Executive Director.

This is not the first time the NAACP has served as the coordinating point for this type of activity.  Similar operations were put in place for the 2004 and 2006 elections.

The NAACP is urging media organizations to make the 1-866-OURVOTE number available to readers, viewers and listeners today, March 3, 2008 and on election day, March 4, 2008.

Contact:
Stan Miller
Executive Director
Cleveland Branch NAACP
216-231-6260/216-571-1152 (cell)
smiller [at] clevelandnaacp [dot] org

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CAMERAS AND DRIVER'S LICENSES AT POLLS

Last election I had two problems at the local poll.  

1.  I brought my camera to the poll and into the voting stall and photographed my ballot and the voting machine.  The head poll worker told me I couldn't do that.     I asked to see the written regulatikon/prohibition against photography.   The worker was on the "I'm calling the police" route when I asked her if she could call her supervisor.  She did.  The supervisor spoke with me and the result was that cameras were ok in the poll.

2.  I came with a valid out of state driver's license as ID.  The head poll worker said it had to be an Ohio license.  I asked to see the written regulation.  She showed it to me and the regulation reads:  "provide a state issued driver's license".  In other words, a driver's license issued by any state, not just Ohio.  The worker was substititing "Ohio" when she read "state".  She called into headquarters and this was also resolved

I was batting Two for Two!  Better than I usually do...Thanks to poll workers who were sincere and weren't egoistic.  But it took me an hour to go through the issues and vote.

I was told cameras are not allowed...

I voted today at the Cuyahoga Board of Elections... asked a volunteer and a guard if I could take pictures and the guard said I needed to make special arrangements for that... I still took pictures... low key.... wanted to record and share the historic moment I voted for change.

I took my Drivers License, from Ohio, and did not have any problems getting my ballot and voting - in and out in 30 minutes.

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Volunteers at many polling locations

I just returned from a training session with Election Protection, which is sponsored by People for the American Way.

 

The meeting was held at Antioch Baptist Church on Cedar at E89 in Cleveland, Ohio.  I did this in the past also, so this is a refresher for me.

 

We are being trained to monitor polling places to observe any irregularities and to be  able to provide immediate legal help - at any polling place - if required.  The training gets down to the nitty gritty - if a passing car is harassing voters, we have a warning paper to hand out to them. 

 

Every observer has a cell phone contact for consultation,  and if consultation doesn’t resolve the issue, a lawyer schooled in election law will be dispatched to the polling place.

 

Channel 5 sent a film crew to interview the 10 volunteers and the 2 Election Protection trainers, one who came from Washington, DC, and the other from Columbus, Ohio.   I appreciate Channel 5 being on the ball and helping emphasize the importance of poll monitoring.

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Our job is to make sure everyone who comes to the polling place is able to vote.

If you are interested in helping in the future, please contact Election Protection.  This work makes you feel like you are doing something important.

Great work... I just saw you on Channel 5

I was just going to post that I saw you on Channel 5 in this story... please share with us some observations after the election... and thanks for being there for us on this!!

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Early results

I froze my bejesus off this morning at the polling location at Gallagher on West 66th.  Luckily, a kindhearted man saw the three of us doing jumping jacks and he came out with hot coffee for all of us!  There are not a lot of people venturing out in this miserable weather.  Get out there people.  Oh, and try not to lose it when you see that the whole process is one big joke.  I have confidence that my paper ballot won't end up trampled on the floor somewhere...heaven help us.

My ballot went in a grey metal box

I suppose anything is better than into Deibold... I voted at BOE HQ on Euclid, yesterday, and the whole process only took 30 minutes and the people working the election were great... I was thanked for voting a dozen times while I was there... the whole experience was fun and very refreshing! I even saw EC Councilwoman Councilwoman Barbara Thomas there, bringing elderly consituents to vote! Go Barbara!!!!

I've been at the Obama Ward HQ in EC today and there is great energy and enthusiasm for that candidate... Cleveland Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott was just coming as I was going... there were school board members there... and all the Joneses, but one...

I look forward to seeing the results over the next 24-48 hours (hopefully, they can get a count by then) and love getting to know my community better through their political action, and inaction.... good decisions and bad. The next seven months will be all about finding the gaps in the primary results and pushing voter registration for the general election in November... Go Obama!

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Okay

Maybe, I sounded a little whiney, but cold and wetness will do that to you.  Don't let the weather  or craziness discourage any one from voting.  

I seem to remember a cardboard ballot box at my polling station at 6:30 a.m.  Perhaps, the show got on the road after I left, but I did get directed to the wrong precinct table and then the whole stub thing confounded the poll workers and me. 

But, yes, it went quickly, despite the snafus, and everyone seems to be trying hard to not let the evil empire destroy us.