We did some canvassing today, working a list of 2008 Obama voters who hadn’t voted yet to encourage them to go to the polls on Tuesday. We met these lovely Sandhill cranes along the way:
It was pretty warm and sunny today in my part of FL — in the mid-80s. I stupidly neglected to put on sunblock, so now my nose is fried and will surely peel. I’m not sure if our efforts made much of a difference. Most people didn’t answer their doors, so we left flyers with local voting information. A few people we talked to weren’t sure where they were supposed to vote, so we were able to help them out with that and answer questions about ID requirements.
Getting people to turn out is particularly important given that beady-eyed crook Rick Scott has thrown the voting process statewide into chaos by cutting the early voting period almost in half. People had to stand in line for more than six hours at some polling places yesterday, which effectively disenfranchised many, just as Scott intended.
The Miami-Dade elections department tried to address the overwhelming demand for opportunities to vote by allowing in-person absentee voting today (early voting ended yesterday to make sure there would be no repeat of the “Souls to the Polls” phenomenon in 2008, in which tens of thousands of Obama supporters voted after Sunday services at African American churches). The office was quickly swamped and shut down temporarily:
Shortly before the temporary shutdown an hour earlier, the department had said it would not be able to accommodate more than the around 180 voters who were in line by 2 p.m. Then the office shut its doors, and people in line started shouting, “Let us vote!”
Some voters who had parked in a lot across the street saw their cars getting towed.
“This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”
“My beautiful Sunshine State,” she lamented. “They’re not letting people vote.”
When it opened its doors, the department had only one ballot-printing machine, five voting booths and two staffers to assist voters. The office said it was overwhelmed by voters.
“We had the best of intentions to provide this service today,” [department spokeswoman Christina] White had said. “We just can’t accommodate it to the degree that we would like to.”
The Tea Party assholes who voted in Scott and a Republican super-majority in the state legislature yammer incessantly about the US Constitution and how much they honor the sacrifice of the troops. They are liars who are pissing all over our most fundamental right. This is a deeply shameful situation. People should go to fucking jail over it.