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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Voter Intimidation Draws Racial Lines in Virginia’s Prince William County


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Potomac News reported the most unfortunate of election news this past Saturday. More than 40 years after the Voting Rights Act, which was re-signed by George W. Bush in 2006, America is still plagued by blatant racism at the polls.

Keith Walker reports that a group of unidentified residents of Gainesville in Prince William County, Virginia’s third largest jurisdiction, armed themselves with a camera as they yelled at Hispanic voters who showed up to vote. (more…)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

NYT endorses Obama election legislation


Election reform made it to the New York Times opinion page this morning. The paper endorsed the Obama-sponsored Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act. “This administration seems to believe that the right to vote is something only Democrats should care about. It is too important to be reduced to a partisan issue,” the Times writes.

Senator Obama responded to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge a week ago in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To watch the video, click here.

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Candidate Challenge: Bill Richardson

This just in from the Bill Richardson camp: a response to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge! I’m sitting in the rafters of a theater at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA liveblogging the MTV/MySpace presidential forum with Barack Obama, as I type this. So you all are actually hearing Governor Richardson’s response to the challenge before I do. (more…)

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

NPR: DOJ Accused of Partisan Voter-Roll Purge

As Americans prepare to head to the polls in 2008, the fact remains that our voter turnout isn’t good. The United States ranks near the bottom of all countries (139th of 172) when turnout is averaged over the last half century. So Pam Fessler’s report tonight on NPR is pretty serious stuff, whatever way you look at it.

Fessler outlines accusations dating to 2005 of Justice Department involvement in the practice known as voter caging, the systematic purging of large numbers of voters by using shady practices. Michele Norris introduced the piece with these words: “A big challenge for the next Attorney General will be showing that the Justice Department’s enforcement of voting laws is not political.” That’s pretty strong language, and Fessler’s piece is both revealing and concerning. It brings up similar questions to those raised by a PBS report we discussed here recently. (more…)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

PBS, HDNet present the case for election reform

The case for election reform is making its way onto the airwaves of two major television networks this summer. Tonight at 8pm eastern time HDNet premieres Dan Rather’s hour-long report called “The Trouble with Touch Screens.” There is a sneek preview of Rather’s report on HDNet’s website. At Why Tuesday? we’re working furiously to schedule a time to talk to Rather about his piece. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, over on PBS David Iglesias, one of the U.S. Attorneys fired amid controversy in 2006, raised the possibility that partisan politics were involved in “voter caging” – the process of systematically purging large numbers of voters from the rolls by using “junk mail” – before the 2004 elections. The episode of NOW aired July 27th and is available online.

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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