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Hidden camera captures GOP training "poll challengers" in illegal voter suppression

Oct 4, 2012

As courts continue to block voter suppression efforts around the county, conservative groups are redoubling efforts to intimidate voters at the polls come Election Day.

New Mexico has started its own voter purge of 177,000 people, including a voting rights activist married to a state representative. However, as the law won’t go into effect until November 2014, the local Republican Party has apparently started training “poll challengers” for this election. A hidden camera caught Pat Morlen, the vice chair of the Sandoval County Republican Party, instructing volunteer “poll challengers” to demand photo ID and force legal voters to use provisional ballots. The video, filmed by the nonprofit ProgressNow New Mexico, shows vice-chair Morlen making several claims that directly contradict New Mexico law:

MORLEN: You can request to see a form of ID. At the request of two or more precinct board members of different political parties, a voter shall still present the required physical form of identification.

VOLUNTEER: What happens if we get people in there who are part of what the media is calling the purge?

MORLEN: They’ll vote provisional. That’s all that’s gonna happen.

by Anonymousreply 610/07/2012

Dirty fuckers. This is why we have GOT to make sure Obama wins.

by Anonymousreply 110/04/2012

Indeed.

Don't let anyone intimidate you or prevent you from voting. And don't stand by and let them try to do that to anyone else.

by Anonymousreply 210/04/2012

All they have is "Lie, cheat, steal, & intimidate"

by Anonymousreply 310/07/2012

I'm not voting for Obama. I'm voting against Karl Rove.

by Anonymousreply 410/07/2012

Until the Democrats have the courage to start arresting people, this will continue.

by Anonymousreply 510/07/2012

Fair enough, R4.

If you're voting FOR something, then voting for Obama is fine. He's done a remarkable job given the circumstances and obstructionism.

If you're voting AGAINST something, there is nothing better to vote against than the lies, distortions, and dishonesty of the Republicans... against the Plutocracy and Oligarchy the GOP represents... a vote against a Republican is a vote for Freedom, Democracy, and the American Dream.

However you rationalize it... it's okay with me.

by Anonymousreply 610/07/2012
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