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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:04 PM

GOP poll watchers allegedly targeting black precincts in Pittsburgh

Source: Philadelphia CityPaper Philadelphia weekly

Civil rights and other progressive groups have sent a letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez alleging that the Pennsylvania Republican Party and Pittsburgh Tea Party are targeting Pittsburgh precincts with large numbers of black voters "under the guise of combating alleged voter fraud."

“We have seen their list and it strongly suggests that the Pennsylvania Republican Party is coordinating with the Pittsburgh Tea Party to target African American voters for intimidation at the polls,” according to a statement from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Associate General Counsel Nicole Berner. “The Pennsylvania Republican Party has serious questions to answer about where they are putting their poll watchers and why.”

According to the letter, the rights organizations obtained a partial list of targeted precincts distributed at a Pittsburgh Tea Party poll watcher training coordinated with the Republican Party. The precincts have a black voter registration of over 79 percent.

Full text of the letter is below:

November 5, 2012

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Assistant Attorney General Perez:

The undersigned civil rights and community organizations write to raise concerns about the
likely targeting of African-American voters by the Republican Party and groups and individuals
acting in concert with it in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Allegheny County is one of 51
jurisdictions that will be monitored by the Civil Rights Division of Department of Justice on
Election Day 2012 as part of the Department’s efforts to enforce the Voting Rights Act, to
prevent discrimination, and to the protect the rights of voters of color.

We have received information that strongly suggests the Republican Party, under the guise of
combating alleged voter fraud, has assigned Election Day poll watchers disproportionately to
majority African-American precincts in Allegheny County. We are in receipt of a partial list of
targeted precincts that was distributed at a poll watcher training conducted by the Pittsburgh
Tea Party Movement. The Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement conducted this training, on behalf of the
Republican Party, as part of its program to combat alleged voter fraud in Allegheny County.
We understand the Republican Party has targeted approximately 111, out of a total 1,319
precincts, in that county. The partial list, which is attached hereto as Exhibit A, includes 59 of
the total 111 precincts targeted by the Republican Party. We are unaware of any history of
voter fraud at any of these 59 locations. We are concerned that these locations are being
targeted for impermissible, racially-motivated reasons.

A comparison of the 59 Republican Party targeted precincts to the other precincts in Allegheny
County reveals that the targeted precincts disproportionately contain African-American voters.
Specifically, the targeted precincts are over 79% African-American. By contrast, the nontargeted
precincts contain, on average, less than 11% African-American registered voters.

Moreover, although the targeted precincts include only 3% of the total number of voters in
Allegheny County, they contain 18.5% of the registered African American voters. The vast
majority of these precincts are among those with the mostly highly concentrated African-
American populations in the County. A statistical analysis of the 59 Republican Party targeted
precincts is attached hereto as Exhibit B.

On the basis of the above, the undersigned organizations are extremely concerned that the
racial composition of the targeted precincts districts suggests that race may have been a factor
in the decision of the Republican Party to target these 59 precincts in its voter fraud prevention
program with the purpose or potential significant effect of deterring qualified African-American
voters in Allegheny County from casting their ballots and thereby suppressing the minority vote.

We call upon the Justice Department monitors to make every effort to ensure that voters at
these targeted locations are able to cast their ballots freely and fairly on Election Day and to
inquire of the Republican Party and the Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement as to the source of its
list and the basis of the targeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Advancement Project
1220 L Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005
Common Cause
1133 19th St NW
Washington DC 20036

Read more: http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/nakedcity/GOP-poll-watchers-allegedly-targeting-black-precincts-in-Pittsburgh-.html



There at it again bringing out old favorites from the past. Sad Sad party don't know when they've been conquered!

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trublu992 Nov 2012 OP
freshwest Nov 2012 #1
SoapBox Nov 2012 #6
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #8
NHDEMFORLIFE Nov 2012 #18
freshwest Nov 2012 #21
NHDEMFORLIFE Nov 2012 #24
freshwest Nov 2012 #28
reflection Nov 2012 #2
SoapBox Nov 2012 #3
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Cha Nov 2012 #5
EmilyAnne Nov 2012 #7
trublu992 Nov 2012 #10
julian09 Nov 2012 #15
Dubster Nov 2012 #9
Bill USA Nov 2012 #11
SoapBox Nov 2012 #13
freshwest Nov 2012 #30
MrSlayer Nov 2012 #12
John2 Nov 2012 #17
distantearlywarning Nov 2012 #14
NICO9000 Nov 2012 #16
BainsBane Nov 2012 #19
SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #20
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2012 #22
Left Coast2020 Nov 2012 #39
SCVDem Nov 2012 #23
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Scuba Nov 2012 #25
qwyatt Nov 2012 #26
sonibeth Nov 2012 #27
Ash_F Nov 2012 #29
Mc Mike Nov 2012 #31
Kteachums Nov 2012 #32
madrchsod Nov 2012 #33
Setsuna1972 Nov 2012 #34
d_r Nov 2012 #35
mrmpa Nov 2012 #36
Coyotl Nov 2012 #37
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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:09 PM

1. 'Obvious oppression is obvious.' We need to wipe the GOP out of office.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:12 PM

6. I LIKE your kind of thinking!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:15 PM

8. + 1000 !

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Response to freshwest (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:35 PM

18. This would be the perfect time to make lots of noise

Despite the GOP's best efforts at disenfranchising countless voters, after we win tomorrow the DOJ should launch an exhaustive investigation of voter suppression throughout the country. And it has to be done in an aggressive, media-friendly way so that the slovenly reporters who do the GOP's bidding will have no choice but to cover it.

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Response to NHDEMFORLIFE (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 05:16 PM

21. I doubt the media will, they'll still be owned by the same people, who don't respect truth or us.

As far as the DOJ, they can't, no matter how movie history portrays them, cannot ride in to avenge the wrong. This is still a state matter by the Constitution. And that means standing up to the wrong-headed, hateful Teahadists on a one-on-one basis in every state, county, city, town, meeting, everywhere.

This is the equation. We must support our poorly funded great Democratic candidates running for office. My neighborhood, which was probably the most liberal and civic minded in the state for generations, is suffering an influx of Libertarians, Paul supporters and Teahadists. They vote against all progressive measures, taxes for firemen, police, on the basis of 'liberty,' resisting the evil government, etc. They want public schools, everything sold off. They hate anyone getting helped.

I've met some of our great young people running for office without funding, walking and knocking on doors, but they could not overcome the money the GOP used for their candidates, who persuaded voters. People say there are no progressive or liberals in the Democratic Party, who want the same things we do. Yes, there are, but you have to pay attention to these 'little' races.

'If it's going to be, it's up to me,' will have to be our motto. I get flak for resisting Democratic Party and DOJ bashing. It's easy to blame them, but 'we are' the government. From our neighborhood, churches, city meetings, schools and every other place. Not fussing at you, but I really want this to work!!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #21)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:08 PM

24. Thanks for making many strong points

Or, as the NFL refs say, upon further review, you're dead on. The only way we can truly combat this is to do it in our own cities, towns, wards and precincts.

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Response to NHDEMFORLIFE (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:27 PM

28. That's how the GOP took over Congress and got crooked election laws and officials.

Want a change in the way voting is done?

Change your state, your county, all of it.

Want a change in how the country is run?

Change the House, increase the Senate, elect the POTUS.

It's just the way it works. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:11 PM

2. yeah good luck with that, guys

Let's hope that James Harrison, #92 for the Steelers, is one of the ones who gets harassed. He will rip the arm off the first guy who challenges him and beat all the others unconscious with it.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:11 PM

3. and...don't flame me for asking but...

would those poll watchers just happen to be white...going into areas that have (as in article) up to 79% of those registered being black?

I wonder how that would go over?

This Puke and Bagger crap is beyond getting old.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:11 PM

4. If anyone sees voter suppression...

do what Ed's advised - film it or snap a pic and put it on Twitter, Tumblr, FB, etc. Document it, and make it go viral!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:12 PM

5. They better f****** mind their own damn voter fraud business and stay

the hell outta our way!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:13 PM

7. Thanks for the link. I'll be volunteering here in Pittsburgh.

And my neighborhood is a pretty "black" area.

Is there a list of these 59 precincts anywhere?

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Response to EmilyAnne (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:17 PM

10. So Far

I only reading an Allegheny County I suspect there a collection of precincts within the county.

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Response to EmilyAnne (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:27 PM

15. They are talking about this on Martin Bashir

 

You don't have to answer any questions from the poll watchers. Tell them to watch you go to desk, check in and then vote.
The only one you have to answer to is the person checking you in, on one else.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:17 PM

9. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:19 PM

11. Can't the Dems put Poll Watcher watchers in the polling places. Can they use cell phone cameras to



record anything suspicious on the part of the Brownshirts - I mean Corporate Lobbyists?

recommended!

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Response to Bill USA (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:24 PM

13. Poll watchers to be watching the poll watchers.

ok, THAT makes my head spin.

I want to vote by internet...no one bugg'n me...no one watch'n me...no worries about my ballot being lost in the mail.

All of course, in a safe and ULTRA secure system...with a receipt that I print...and then can verify my vote after it's been entered.

Just a little fantasy of mine.

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Response to Bill USA (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:31 PM

30. Now the crooks are going to Democrats' homes in WA state to pick up their mail in ballots!

AS IF they'd do a damned thing to help the vote.

This is what the low-down GOP scumbag running for Governor in the state of Washington is paying them to do!

Would those votes ever see the ballot box? Hell, no!




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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:24 PM

12. If these punks end up getting their asses kicked, so be it.

 

I don't want to hear any crying or racial bullshit. If you go into a black neighborhood (or any nieghborhood for that matter) and start trying to intimidate people, it may not go well for you. And it shouldn't. Fuck these guys.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:35 PM

17. They'll

 

probably blame it on the Black Panthers for voter intimidation in a Black precinct. That is how delusional they are. And they want to be in charge of this country.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:26 PM

14. Here's the thing about that:

White people vote Democratic in Pittsburgh as well. We are a liberal city. We were something like 80% blue in 2008 across all demographics. So good luck with that, cheaters!

Also, I am a Caucasian voter in one of those primarily African-American districts, and I won't tolerate for one second someone messing with my polling place while I am in there tomorrow. I would be on the phone to someone and raising hell so fast they wouldn't know what hit them. I know I'm not the only one. And yeah, I can't imagine that some of my African-American neighbors would tolerate some dipshit Repuke white dude harassing them outside a polling place. Far from being intimidated, I imagine that would go pretty poorly for the "poll watcher" pretty fast. Good luck to Mr. Poll Watcher in that case. I would point and laugh!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:29 PM

16. I have a lot of faith in the African-American community throughout the country

They are no strangers to voter suppression. I am positive that they know exactly what's going on here and that they will not put up with any of this bullshit tomorrow.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:39 PM

19. Where else?

I would be shocked if they didn't target minority precincts. Those bastards are determined to keep non-whites from voting.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:50 PM

20. The teabagiban "true the vote" scum are cynically and transparently intimidating minority voters.

 

That is their prime directive.

They will be amassing supposed voter irregularities so they can file legal challenges wherever they lose.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 05:37 PM

22. Dibs on the brass knuckle concession stand.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:17 AM

39. Don't even need those

A size 10 steel toe'd army boot will work just as well.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:08 PM

23. Stand your ground!

Is that the law in Pennsylvania?

How about concealed carry?

Do they really want to fuck with strangers?

That could get ugly.

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:18 AM

40. Tea baggers are very stupid, ignorant people.

I know. I'm renting a room from one.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:16 PM

25. What? You thought they'd put 'em in Bucks County?

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:24 PM

26. How is this

legal???

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:26 PM

27. Get some watchers on those watchers!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:29 PM

29. For one day every four years...

Republicans consider minorities.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:31 PM

31. We're ready for them.

I'll be out in Stanton Heights, Sunnyside, close to Morningside. 866 OUR VOTE should be the one-stop shop for relief from repug 'voter de-fraud' teabaggers. But when I think about "True the Vote mighty texas 'patriots' strike force" personnel, Jack Lambert v. Cliff Harris springs to mind.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:36 PM

32. Get some union guys down there!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:44 PM

33. i find this somehow quite amazing...

do these teaparty warriors actually think they are going to intimidate black voters. wow talk about delusional thinking.

well all i can say..good luck teaparty warriors getting out of where you have no fucking business.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:59 PM

34. Ive seen these same jerks before in my voting location

Always giving people a serious staredown as we go to vote inside...but thankfully not a single one has ever bothered me so far.

This year, I find it a bit odd that a Republican campiagn headquarters has opened shop only a few minutes walking distance from the next voting location near me..which just happens to be a rather nice black church. I really hope those tea party fools don't try any shit tomorrow...

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:21 PM

35. water is allegedley wet

Tjats sort of the whole point

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:29 PM

36. Don't fuck with a Pittsburgher...........

those teabaggers don't know what's ahead of them if they try to do something stupid. Since April, groups like the NAACP, One Pittsburgh and the ACLU have educated Pittsburghers about their rights in regard to voting.

Why would these ass wipes even want to come into Allegheny County. For Christs sake President Obama named Daniel Rooney, an owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers as Ambassador to Ireland!

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:59 PM

37. Tick them off and make more of them vote. Yeah, that's real smart

R's, epitomizing ignorance in a new way everyday

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:21 PM

38. K&R

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 03:56 AM

41. Dear Republicans, we Democrats don't actively try to disenfrachise you!

Why are you taking the low road?

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