Early voting has already begun across the nation, and as I posted a while back, “True the Vote” are already out to intimidate likely Democratic leaning voters from exercising their right to vote. This is the Houston based, Tea Party and Koch brothers affiliated Right Wing group that works under the facade that they are keeping those “illegal” voters from throwing the election. They are trying to mobilize one million “poll watchers” for November 6th. However, let’s look at their agenda:
They will target polling places in districts that lean more Democratic.
They will target minority voters.
They will insinuate that not having the “proper identification” or “not being properly registered” etc is a criminal offense and those who in fact try to vote will be arrested and imprisoned.
They leave out the fact that many of the laws they have cited have in-fact been either ruled unconstitutional in Federal Court already, or have been stayed pending further court action.
They are known to simply be there, all white, angry and stern towards those who couldn’t possibly be willing to vote for their people in the Republican Tea Party.
People are already fighting back at Early Voting Polling places. Now for the biggest joke I’ve heard from these cherubs. They are now reporting that the voters are “intimidating” them. That’s like the Nazis complaining that the Jews were harassing and intimidating them.
I stand by that analogy. Considering the hard right-wing agenda shared by this group and the Nazis are both based on race and intimidation, it couldn’t be more apt.
As I posted earlier, we need to confront these people if we spot them at polling places. Maybe from their complaints to the media, it’s already started. Good for you. Remember, make sure you have already voted before confronting anyone you see intimidating any voters. I for one have already voted and plan to patrol various polling places in Phoenix and Scottsdale to see if they are present. Here’s how to arm yourself:
Have you cell-phones and/or cameras ready and start filming. Let them see you film them. Have this little bit of information handy:
Federal Statute 18 USC § 594 – Intimidation of voters:
Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
This actually is the law. Call the police and demand they be charged. Get your eye-witness accounts ready and show your pictures and movie clips. Most likely they’ll back down and leave. But they’ll come back. Stay on them. It could get ugly and it’s conceivable that due to the nature of where you live, you may find yourself detained too. It’s a sacrifice, but it is worth it. Besides, while the cops are there dealing with the situation, others can then vote without being intimidated by these idiots.
This election is important. This is where those who honor those, who gave their lives so all Americans can vote regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation can do so, will stand up to right-wing tyranny. Bullies hate being confronted and usually fold very quickly. We are on the right side of history. Not only is fighting back correct, it’s necessary.
Good luck on November 6th!
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