An opposition provincial official in a hotly contested election has threatened to arrest international election observers
monitoring for fraud and voter intimidation. In an area with a rich history of secessionist fervor
, ballot box stuffing
, and repeated infringements
on the voting rights and representation
of ethnic minorities, this pronouncement is certainly controversial. Rogue vigilantes
, organized in this province, are expected to deploy to polling sites across the nation, causing alarm
. It is not a chaotic contest in a fledgling democracy. It is Texas, the United States. Previously
Texas is not the only state with election protection issues as the 2012 federal, state, and local elections draw near. In Ohio, the election may come down to a "nightmare scenario
" of provisional ballots, and absentee ballots were mailed with the wrong election day
. In Florida, absentee ballots
were mis-printed, and are now being hand-copied. Voter registrations in Virginia were found trashed
by Republican-connected contractors.
If there is any hint of a problem when voting on Election Day, or if you observe any hint of voter intimidation or suppression beforehand, call toll-free 1-866-OUR-VOTE
(1-866-687-8683), a hotline sponsored by a consortium of non-profits. For aid in Spanish, call 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota
(1-888-839-8682). Click on your state
for a list of regulations and your voting rights.
If you are not volunteering on Election Day for voter contact or mobilization, consider volunteering as an poll watcher or legal help
, especially if you are a lawyer.