South Carolina, leading the way in voter intimidation tactics yet again. From Jill Tubman at Jack and Jill Politics, this report:
I just got a phone call early my time (7:40am PST) that there are Tea Partiers that are trying to prevent black people from voting. This is how racism works and why it’s so important that we fight back. If our right to vote wasn’t so powerful, there wouldn’t be folks working so hard to thwart it. I don’t have any more information than what I’ve been told below.
In Columbia South Carolina, I’m hearing that there are Tea Party folks at Benedict College. There’s a precinct there. They are protesting student votes and making them vote with provisional ballots. Please go down to this polling place if you are nearby or call the police if you are a resident. Benedict is one of our proudest HBCUs and these kids don’t deserve this as one of their first experiences voting in America. I’m hearing that they were turning students away who tried to use their student id as identification. The students were being referred to the County voter registration office. Which is ridiculous — most student IDs are photo IDs and should be enough to establish you are who you say you are so you can vote. Look — to prevent this kind of stupidity: please make sure you take a gov’t issued id — driver’s license, passport, etc — to the polls with you today.
Also, this report from Sumter:
In another report, the Tea Party is on the move at the North Hope Center precinct which is also known as Morris Brown at Sumter SC. These bigots are shouting at the hard working people who have taken time from work or school and are telling them not to vote. Apparently this is happening at more than one location in Sumter.
Voter intimidation can only work if voters are actually intimidated and if authorities ignore it. This sounds like the authorities are unwilling to act against intimidation. Voters need to exercise their franchise despite this intimidation, and authorities need to act swiftly to end intimidation. The chilling effect will keep others away from the polls.
Which is, of course, exactly the goal of the intimidators.