Nov 06 2012
Turnout in many other states has been very high already – Ohio and Florida, two crucial swing states, have seen large numbers of people voting early. Florida Governor Rick Scott has come under fire for attempting to severely limit the early voting period. Ohio counties saw very long lines and even some voter protests, again based on a curtailment of early voting periods, pushed by Secretary of State John Husted. At the last minute, Husted decided to put the onus on provisional voters to present their ID information correctly rather than poll workers, in order for their votes to be counted. And in Pennsylvania, also a crucial swing state, community groups have cited evidence that Tea Party-linked activists have taken it upon themselves to challenge IDs of largely black voters.
GUEST: Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. Ari Berman is one of Uprising’s Election Analysts