The Rural Patriot

November 7, 2006

Election Tidbits from Across the Country

Filed under: November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 3:30 pm

(I’ll be updating this post also throughout the day. [UPDATE #1; 6:20 PM; Articles appear at end of original post.])

If you are interested in poll closing times across the nation, here’s a nifty color-coded map and a state list for your tracking pleasure.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Not Allowed To Vote At His Home Precinct

(AP) A poll manager says that Governor Mark Sanford was turned away from his home precinct Tuesday morning because he did NOT have his voter registration card.

Sec. of Virginia State Board of Elections Finds Widespread Incidents of Voter Suppression

Threats of Incarceration, Changed Polling Locations, and Fliers to “Skip the Election.”

Over the past several days, voters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed complaints of incidents aimed at suppressing voter turn out in heavily Democratic and African American neighborhoods. Today, the Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections Jean Jensen concluded that the incidents appear widespread and deliberate.

FBI looks into voter intimidation

The FBI is looking into possible voter intimidation in Virginia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate contest between Republican incumbent George Allen and Democrat Jim Webb.

This is a test of the Emergency Alert System: Vote for Dick Mountjoy!

In an apparent violation of FCC rules, conservative talk radio station KFBK 1530 AM in Sacramento transmitted a paid political advertisement to an unknown number of other stations in the area, using the federal Emergency Alert System (EAS), thus automatically forcing the ad onto the stations’ airwaves. This is according to a press release issued today by KDVS-FM, a non-commercial community station in Davis that received and inadvertently aired the transmission.

[UPDATE #1, 6:20 pm]

Big Issues Draw Crowds in Missouri

Election officials raced across St. Louis to deliver more voting machines as exceptionally high turnout at many polling places led to long lines and short tempers.
“We’ve never had this kind of turnout – ever,” St. Louis Board of Election Supervisors Matt Potter said to a restive crowd of about 100 would-be voters outside the West Pine apartment complex here. “We’re doing everything we can to go quick.”

Bomb Threat At East High Causes Voting Shutdown

According to Mayor Dave Cieslewicz’s spokesman, George Twigg, officials moved the voting machines outside of East High School shortly after the school was evacuated so that the voting can continue. They obtained permission from the State Elections Board. Twigg said that voting resumed at the school polling location at about 1:15 p.m.

Sources: Turnout in Virginia may reach historic levels

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — After months of acrimony, there is finally something the campaigns of Republican Sen. George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb can agree on: Turnout in the hotly-contested Virginia Senate race may reach historic proportions for a midterm election in the Commonwealth.

High Voter Turnout Reported

Turnout in several communities reached 30 percent by noon Tuesday as Connecticut voters cast ballots in contentious congressional and Senate races and several state and local contests.

Direct From The Boiler Rooms: Turnout Watch

The following updates come direct from reputable state sources and from senior Democratic and GOP officials monitoring turnout from the parties’ central boiler rooms:

Voting Problems, Tight Races Could Delay Election Results

Election night returns should begin to dribble in early Tuesday evening after the first polls close in Kentucky and Indiana, but the results of all of this year’s voting might not be clear for days.


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