Monday, November 01, 2004

The Election Wars

The Bush supporters are energized, it seems:

In Milwaukee, in the swing state of Wisconsin, Republicans produced a list of 37,000 voters whose addresses they said were questionable. They argued that all voters should be required to show identification at the polls Tuesday; otherwise they would instruct thousands of poll workers to challenge people.
But Milwaukee's city attorney, who represents no party, said hundreds of addresses on the list had already been confirmed as valid. Still, local Democrats warned that voters could be disenfranchised simply for failing to include their apartment number as part of their street address.

And in South Carolina:

...the Democratic Party said a letter was circulating that wrongly informed voters that they could be arrested at the polls if they had outstanding parking tickets or child-support payments.

The Republicans argue that the real problem in this election is voter fraud and maybe that's why they try to reduce turnout by all sorts of shady tricks. Who knows how they think? Though I must admit that there might be a goddess or two who vote without being registered, so they may have a point. But it's a very tiny point and not worth all this warfare.

Meanwhile, Michael Moore is going to bring cameras to polling sites to witness any shenanigans that might take place. This could be quite intimidating for all those election monitors who decide to challenge voters based on their race or seeming economic class. Tsk tsk.

If you still haven't seen Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, you can watch it tonight on the net by paying ten dollars.