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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:19 PM

I'm starting to think it was intentional

I did not vote yesterday. I am not really disabled, so I did not think I qualified to apply for an absentee ballot. I also don't drive, so I had to make arrangements in advance to get to my polling place.

When I got there, the line wrapped around the building. Now, when things are working well, if the space inside fills up, and can be seen from the outer doorway, that means that the wait will be over an hour. There were so many people there are 9:15 am, that I estimated at least a three hour wait. I could not do that. It wasn't a matter of not having the time, it was just that I cannot stand up for that long.

I called my local Democratic Party helpline, but I could only leave a message, and they never called back.

Just now, I saw in the local news that state law required that my voting district requires a minimum of 22 voting machines (although I don't think I have ever seen that many). Yesterday, it seems that there were only three machines working. This same kind of problem was reported all over Richland county.

No one in state government has an answer, but I do live in the bluest county in South Carolina. I cannot help but wonder if this was a deliberate attempt to keep as many of us from voting as possible.

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Reply I'm starting to think it was intentional (Original post)
SouthernLiberal Nov 2012 OP
2pooped2pop Nov 2012 #1
OffWithTheirHeads Nov 2012 #2
rosesaylavee Nov 2012 #3
ReRe Nov 2012 #4
lunasun Nov 2012 #5
SouthernLiberal Nov 2012 #6
SCantiGOP Nov 2012 #7

Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:24 PM

1. Of course it was.

And this is one of the first things Obama needs to change. We should not have to pass through a republican gauntlet of underhanded obstacles in order to vote. We are simply not a democracy if we don't have a fair vote. Preventing people from voting in this way, to me is treasonous.

I would have had a hard time standing for any length of time as well. I am sorry that this happened to you.

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Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:25 PM

2. Ya think?

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Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:34 PM

3. Report it here (link below)

http://report.nomorestolenelections.org/

Thanks ahead of time for following up with this.

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Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:47 PM

4. Of Course it was!

So sorry you didn't get to vote. Moral is, get an absentee ballot for every election
from now on. Our election system is so screwed up. Heads should swim for all of the
dirty tricks they pulled this time to disinfanchise voters.

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Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:08 AM

5. Sorry to hear you were denied but please report if only three machine up and working

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Response to lunasun (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 AM

6. It has been reported

Not by me, though, since I never got even close to the room where the machines were. The Republican appointed people running the election are, of course, denying that there was a shortage of machines. Of course, they are not claiming that my location had 22 machines as the law requires. No, but they are really sure there were 'enough'. According to the local news, they are also hedging a bit about whether or not they ever intended to be in compliance with the state law.

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Response to SouthernLiberal (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:05 PM

7. that's why the judge ordered SLED to seize the votes for a recount

Some folks with connections say that there is talk of criminal investigations, not just incompetence.

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