McCain Camp Complains of Voting Irregularities

Tuesday, 04 Nov 2008 04:19 PM

By Rick Pedraza

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The Republican Party today has reported numerous Election Day irregularities in several hotly contested battleground states that could affect the outcome of the presidential race between GOP candidate John McCain and Democratic rival Barack Obama.

The McCain-Palin campaign has compiled the following news accounts and first-hand reports of documented voter irregularities including fraudulent voter registrations and voter intimidation at several polling places.

In Philadelphia, one poll observer called police after witnessing what appeared to be voter intimidation by two members of the New Black Panther Party. A Fox News report said two Black Panthers stood in the doorway of the polling location where the observer attempted to enter brandishing a nightstick.

VIDEO: Black Panthers Claim to Be “Security" at Polling Places in Philly

In the video report, Fox News' Rick Leventhal said, "I do not even know where to begin, but we have reached a polling place in the city of Philadelphia. One of the two Black Panthers who [earlier] was allegedly blocking the door is standing right over here [and] accusing us of intimidating voters because we were here with a camera and microphone.

“He did not answer questions,” Leventhal continued, “[and] other people here have confirmed that another person in Black Panther attire was holding a night stick and apparently the concern was that they were intimidating people who were trying to go inside to vote.”

VIDEO: Voter Intimidation in Philadelphia

The New Black Panther Party earlier in the week promised “to protect its interest" on Election Day.

"We will not allow some racists and other angry whites, who are upset over an impending Barack Obama presidential victory, to intimidate blacks at the polls," Black Panther Field Marshall Najee Muhammad told the Tennessee-based Jackson Sun.

“Most certainly, we cannot allow these racist forces to slaughter our babies or commit other acts of violence against the black population, nor our black president." Muhammad said, adding, "We must organize to counter and neutralize these threats using all means at our disposal. This is a great time for our people, and we must ensure that peace prevails for our people."

GOP Election Board officials in at least six precincts were asked to leave polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status, according to Townhall.com.

The State Republican Party filed suit in election court seeking an injunction requiring that all Republican poll watchers be provided the access that had been denied. The duty judge granted the injunction.

In addition, an unknown number of voters in Lancaster County, Pa. — a high priority target county for Republicans this year — received phone calls falsely informing them their voting stations had been relocated.

In Palm Beach County, Fla., voters are complaining the McCain-Palin ticket on the ballot appears on the second page.

"Florida's Palm Beach County is reporting problems at a couple of polling stations: so-called ‘undervotes,' where machines reject ballots because voters are not filling out the second page of the ballot,” a spokesman for the county Board of Elections told CNN, adding, in some cases, people simply forget to fill out the second page.

In Manchester, N.H., several GOP election officials told the New Hampshire News they were being kept away from locations inside polling locations where voting verification takes place. The New Hampshire Republican Party filed a lawsuit seeking an immediate order to allow GOP officials access to registration tables where qualifications are checked.

In Toledo, Ohio, several non-credentialed “election protection” Democratic observers were reported to have been found inside polling precincts, according to ElectionJournal.org.

VIDEO: Democrats "Helping" Voters in Ohio? Is this Legal?

In Northern Virginia, Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign is suing the Virginia Election Board claiming “tens of thousands” of absentee ballots weren't mailed on time to military members serving overseas.

Fox News' Megyn Kelly reports that the northern part of Virginia “almost always goes blue. He [McCain] may not know how many military ballots are missing, but according to the wire reports, it could be tens of thousands. That is according to the McCain camp in a local press report. That military absentee ballot in Virginia could be potentially big."

Given that four states in the 2004 Presidential Election were decided by 1 percent or less, the McCain-Palin campaign believes there should be a “zero-tolerance policy” for voter fraud and voter intimidation.

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