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The People For the American Way and the NAACP teamed up and wrote a report entitled The Long Shadow of Jim Crow: Voter Intimidation and Suppression in America Today. It details cases of voter fraud and intimidation and tells of how in "every election since Reconstruction, particularly African Americans and other minorities there has been a "calculated and determined efforts at intimidation and suppression." It also gives some explanation to the Voting Rights Acts and its effects.

It's a very informative report ... very long, too ... 27 pages!! I can't cut and paste it because it is in the Adobe pdf format! But, the link is HERE
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ER - I had no problem cutting the text: Here is a taste for those interested. It is DEFINITELY worth a read.

Race-Based Targeting
Here are a few examples of recent incidents in which groups of voters have been
singled out on the basis of race.

- Most recently, controversy has erupted over the use in the Orlando area of armed,
plainclothes officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to
question elderly black voters in their homes. The incidents were part of a state
investigation of voting irregularities in the city's March 2003 mayoral election. Critics
have charged that the tactics used by the FDLE have intimidated black voters, which
could suppress their turnout in this year's elections. Six members of Congress recently
called on Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate potential civil rights violations
in the matter.

- This year in Florida, the state ordered the implementation of a "potential felon" purge
list to remove voters from the rolls, in a disturbing echo of the infamous 2000 purge,
which removed thousands of eligible voters, primarily African-Americans, from the
rolls. The state abandoned the plan after news media investigations revealed that the
2004 list also included thousands of people who were eligible to vote, and heavily
targeted African-Americans while virtually ignoring Hispanic voters.

- This summer, Michigan state Rep. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) was quoted in the
Detroit Free Press as saying, "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have
a tough time in this election." African Americans comprise 83% of Detroit's population.
- In South Dakota's June 2004 primary, Native American voters were prevented from
voting after they were challenged to provide photo IDs, which they were not required
to present under state or federal law.

- In Kentucky in July 2004, Black Republican officials joined to ask their State GOP party
chairman to renounce plans to place "vote challengers" in African-American precincts
during the coming elections.

- Earlier this year in Texas, a local district attorney claimed that students at a majority
black college were not eligible to vote in the county where the school is located. It
happened in Waller County – the same county where 26 years earlier, a federal court
order was required to prevent discrimination against the students.

- In 2003 in Philadelphia, voters in African American areas were systematically
challenged by men carrying clipboards, driving a fleet of some 300 sedans with
magnetic signs designed to look like law enforcement insignia.

- In 2002 in Louisiana, flyers were distributed in African American communities telling
voters they could go to the polls on Tuesday, December 10th – three days after a Senate
runoff election was actually held.

- In 1998 in South Carolina, a state representative mailed 3,000 brochures to African
American neighborhoods, claiming that law enforcement agents would be "working"
the election, and warning voters that "this election is not worth going to jail."

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