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A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.

 

[Watch it tonight at bbc.co.uk beginning 5:30pm EST. Search "Newsnight." Archived for 24 hours].

 

Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page so-called "caging list".

 

It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida.

 

An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day."

 

Ion Sancho, a Democrat, noted that Florida law allows political party operatives inside polling stations to stop voters from obtaining a ballot.

 

They may then only vote "provisionally" after signing an affidavit attesting to their legal voting status.

 

Mass challenges have never occurred in Florida. Indeed, says Mr Sancho, not one challenge has been made to a voter "in the 16 years I've been supervisor of elections."

 

"Quite frankly, this process can be used to slow down the voting process and cause chaos on election day; and discourage voters from voting."

 

Sancho calls it "intimidation." And it may be illegal.

 

In Washington, well-known civil rights attorney, Ralph Neas, noted that US federal law prohibits targeting challenges to voters, even if there is a basis for the challenge, if race is a factor in targeting the voters.

 

The list of Jacksonville voters covers an area with a majority of black residents.

 

When asked by Newsnight for an explanation of the list, Republican spokespersons claim the list merely records returned mail from either fundraising solicitations or returned letters sent to newly registered voters to verify their addresses for purposes of mailing campaign literature.

 

Republican state campaign spokeswoman Mindy Tucker Fletcher stated the list was not put together "in order to create" a challenge list, but refused to say it would not be used in that manner.

 

Rather, she did acknowledge that the party's poll workers will be instructed to challenge voters, "Where it's stated in the law."

 

There was no explanation as to why such clerical matters would be sent to top officials of the Bush campaign in Florida and Washington.

 

Purging soldiers

 

At least 50 persons on the list are in the military, most stationed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. They now face challenge because some, like Randall Prausa of Atlantic Beach, have been shipped overseas.

 

Private detective

 

In Jacksonville, to determine if Republicans were using the lists or other means of intimidating voters, we filmed a private detective filming every "early voter" - the majority of whom are black - from behind a vehicle with blacked-out windows.

 

The private detective claimed not to know who was paying for his all-day services.

 

On the scene, Democratic Congresswoman Corinne Brown said the surveillance operation was part of a campaign of intimidation tactics used by the Republican Party to intimate and scare off African American voters, almost all of whom are registered Democrats.

 

 

http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=385&row=0

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This misrepresentation of the facts, twisting of words and unfounded accusations presented as truths tactics are the same tactics railed about as irresponsible and reprehensible when engaged in by the Republicans. They turn off voters against either party that engages in them, including when done so by all the far left wing liberal Democrats on this message board. Gee, will the message board survive if GW Bush wins, as all you radical left wingers will probably commit mass suicide?

 

"They may then only vote "provisionally" after signing an affidavit attesting to their legal voting status."

 

Aren't all pre-election day, absentee votes that have been cast/now being cast subject to the same affidavits and being "provisional", mean that they will only be counted if the victor in the appropriate state is in doubt?

 

But leave it to the far left radical liberals to spout "racism and diabolical plots". What possible reason would there be a list of questionable voters in that Florida district, that is predominantly black registered Democratic voters? Could it just be possible, that many, given the disproportionate percentage of the prison population that is black, are ex-felons that have not met the qualifications required under Florida law to regain their right to vote? Maybe, but the far left, anti-Bush crowd has never let facts get in the way.

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> Gee, will the message board survive if GW Bush wins, as all

>you radical left wingers will probably commit mass suicide?

 

Of course we will, because we know Hillary will be waiting in the wings to clean up the even bigger mess Shrubya will make in a second term :)

 

>But leave it to the far left radical liberals to spout "racism

>and diabolical plots". What possible reason would there be a

>list of questionable voters in that Florida district, that is

>predominantly black registered Democratic voters? Could it

>just be possible, that many, given the disproportionate

>percentage of the prison population that is black, are

>ex-felons that have not met the qualifications required under

>Florida law to regain their right to vote? Maybe, but the far

>left, anti-Bush crowd has never let facts get in the way.

 

Hawk, you've got us confused with the fine folks down there at Fox "News". They've never met a fact that couldn't be conveniently spun Shrubya's way. The reality is theat tens of thousands of black voters were illegally disenfranchised by Katherine harris and Jeb! during the 2000 (s)election. Were their votes counted, Al Gore would be President. Can't blame those folks for not wanting to get fooled twice.

 

"There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again." —- George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

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