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Is this voter intimidation?

Poll watchers in Harris County, Texas -- where a Tea Party group launched an aggressive anti-voter fraud effort -- were accused of "hovering over" voters, "getting into election workers' faces" and blocking or disrupting lines of voters who were waiting to cast their ballots as early voting got underway yesterday.

Now, TPMMuckraker has learned, the Justice Department has interviewed witnesses about the alleged intimidation and is gathering information about the so-called anti-voter fraud effort.

"We are currently gathering information regarding this matter," Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement confirming the Civil Rights Division's involvement.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:48 AM on Oct. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes it is!

    Answer by older at 8:49 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • :shrugs: who knows..and I do see the black panter case as even worse considering they were brandishing night clubs..and we still do not know that this story is all true..yet.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 8:57 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • ha jewjew and look at Michelle she was in a polling place allegedly (I wouldnt doubt it one bit!) trying to make sure folks vote her way..and yet no big hoopla over that nope it was mentioned and blown off.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:00 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Did Michele Obama violate Illinois Election laws?

    It’s unlawful in the state to have a “political discussion” or engage in “electioneering” within 100 feet of a polling place.

    She was telling a voter how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:13 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • If this is/were a provable intimidation, then federal poll watchers should be dispersed.
    Why isn't the current administration sending out federal poll watchers?
    I have NO PROBLEM with federal poll watchers and authorities being there at any voting event.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:15 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • why would you be willing to make THAT judgement..but this not so sure?

    Because, IMO~ the video of the way the BP handled themselves around the media was aggressive. That is all I have to go on. I wasn't there. So it is my subjective opinion they were there to be aggressive.... Do you have video to demonstrate (beyond hearsay) the demeanor of the poll watchers in Texas?  That is MY opinion..  Maybe you are used to night sticks, people dressed in 'securtiy patrol' gear and agressive behavior towards others   (incl media) out in public where you live...  But, IMO~ their behavior could intimidate someone.  I would need to see video of TX poll watchers since I am not there.  ;o)


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:28 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Wow, the Texas Democratic Party Chairman says he received complaints? Really?? Well, if The Democratic Party Chair says it? That is good enough as fact for you, sweet?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:35 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • A Tea Party Group? That seems like a big jump. How do they know they are a Tea Party Group?

    Answer by SuperChicken at 9:37 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • So, the police didn't have to get involved in the Texas cases? But they did have to get involved in the BP case? Interesting...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:37 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • The commissioner admitted it was intimidation but then says the reason why they weren't arrested was because there weren't more than 3 people... wtf is that?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:11 AM on Oct. 20, 2010