Posted tagged ‘Voter Suppression’

A Good Sign for Legit Voting

September 29, 2008

Last night John got a call from an Obama staffer in New York. John’s name ended up on a list of Indiana attorneys. He’s a professional engineer. We guess maybe a professional affiliations list got merged or something. Anyway, they were calling because they are asking for attorneys to help fight voter suppression efforts in Indiana, which makes me feel a lot better about things, since recently about 31 polling places changed with little media attention and no formal voter notification. Want to find out where you vote in Indiana now? Go HERE. (I would check the day before you go.).

Indiana already makes it hard for some people to vote. Polls are only open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if you have a jerk boss and kids to deal with, that can count some people out right there. And we have the strictest Photo ID laws in the nation.

But the good news is ANYONE can vote early, and this is what I recommend doing. All you have to do is go to the City-County Building at Market and Alabama between October 6 and November 3.

It’s easy:

1. Be registered. E-mail me and I can help register you if you aren’t or you can do it online by going HERE. Postmark deadline is October 6.

2. Bring a STATE ISSUED photo ID. Must be issued by the state of Indiana. Military ID, that kind of thing, won’t do the trick.

In 2000, Bush “won” Florida by 537 votes after those maddening recounts and a Supreme Court intervention. 537 votes. That’s a very, very tight margin and why the stakes are so high and why “every vote counts.”

I just want to be sure that every vote CAST counts, so I’m glad Obama is lawyering up.