Florida, 2004

Greg Palast on BBC’s Newsnight has a story about Republican plans to intimidate mostly black voters in Florida.

A secret campaign document that was obtained from inside the Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggest a plan to disrupt voting in certain districts. Two emails that were written to the executive director of the campaign in Florida and the national research director in D.C. contain a 15 page “caging list.” <p.

It lists 1,886 voters’ names and addresses in areas of Jacksonville that are predominantly black and Democratic. When shown the list, an election supervisor in Tallahasee said that “the only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day.”

Here’s the real kicker: apparently, Florida law allows partisan political operatives inside polling places on election day to challenge and stop voters from receiving ballots. Needless to say, this leads to chaos on election day and slows down the voting process.

A Republican spokeswoman was asked about the lists and did not deny that voters would be challenged.

November Surprise – another 2000-style election, tied up for months in the courts while the rest of the world looks on and realizes that America is no longer the world’s greatest democracy? Spread the word, spread the link.