Another chain of custody nightmare involving Hart InterCivic DREs

From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj_at_charter_dot_net>
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 10:13:06 CDT

Block the Vote

Harris County election judges have possession of
<http://www.hartintercivic.com/innerpage.php?pageid=26#judge>Hart
InterCivic eSlate System Judge's Booth Controllers (JBCs) for up to
72 hours before elections.

Support <http://www.vanosfortexasag.com/>David Van Os, your
<http://www.txdemocrats.org/yourtexasdemocrats/candidates/judicial>Texas
Democratic Party Judicial Candidates and
<http://www.jamesgpierreforcountyclerk.com/>James G. Pierre.

<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/index.html>Go to Original

Airdate: Friday, September 1, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. on PBS.
(Check local listings at
<http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html>http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.)

Across the nation, states have enacted new laws supposedly designed
to prevent voter fraud and avoid election-day debacles. But qualified
voters may also be left out in the cold, especially minorities, the
poor, the elderly and the disabled.

This week NOW looks at several states where these new rules may keep
voters away from the polls in November.

Critics charge that the Bush administration is part of the problem as
the U.S. Department of Justice, which is charged with protecting the
rights of all voters, has signed off on a number of the new regulations.

In Florida, new penalties that can reach up to $5,000 for
registration delays or problems, which forced traditional
registration advocacy groups, like the League of Women Voters, to
avoid registering voters for a crucial primary.

"The law has done harm because the League of Women Voters, as well as
other organizations, were not able to register voters before the
primary," said Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, the president of the LWV in Florida.

Florida Rep. Ron Reagan defends the law saying "it's to encourage
people to turn them [registration forms] in on time."

In Georgia, a new law requires residents to show photo identification
before voting, blocking thousands of people who currently lack the
proper ID as well as the means of acquiring it.

But are these voting barriers unintended consequences or intended
outcomes? Some distrust the true motives of lawmakers.

"This is a concerted effort to make sure that certain people don't
have the opportunity to vote, that they don't have the opportunity to
participate in their own democracy," Georgia state representative
Alisha Thomas Morgan told NOW.
<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/voter-stories.html>
Perspectives: Voter's Voices

<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/voting-rules.html>State by State:
Voting Rules and Restrictions

<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/democracy-south.html>Personal
Essay: Democracy in the Deep South

<http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2006/09/just_try_voting_here.html>From
Mother Jones: America's 11 Worst Places to Vote

<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/stealing-democracy.html>Book
Excerpt: "Stealing Democracy"

<http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/235/voting-rights-act.html>Primer: The
Voting Rights Act

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