Minority Voter Intimidation Witnessed And Recorded In Miami-Dade County On Election Night

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Late Tuesday night, Democrat Charlie Crist called up incumbent Republican Rick Scott to concede in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Heading into Election Day, polls showed the two candidates in a virtual tie. After all the precincts had reported, Scott came out ahead by roughly 70,000 votes, 48.2% to 47%, just outside Florida’s recount margin of .5%. The win seemed to fit within the accepted narrative of a GOP ‘wave,’ where Republican candidates defeated Democrats in Senate, House and gubernatorial races across the country.

However, Florida’s race may be a bit more complicated than that as a number of disturbing events seemed to occur in Broward County and South Florida, a stronghold for Democrats and an area that could have carried Crist to victory with strong turnout. It came to Crust’s attention on Tuesday that there were a number of issues going on in Broward County related to voting machine malfunctions and voters being sent to different polling locations. At least one polling location was not operational for at over an hour Tuesday morning, preventing voters from casting ballots before heading off to work.

The combination of a number of factors created lines of at least half an hour in a number of precincts in Broward County. Due to this, Crist filed an emergency motion to keep those polls open at least another hour. However, despite ample evidence that a large number of voters had been impacted and had their ability to vote suppressed, a Circuit Court judge denied Crist’s request. Those who were still in line when the polls closed at 7 PM ET were still allowed to cast their votes, but nobody else was able to go back in line, even if they had to leave previously or had been given inaccurate information about their polling location.

It appears it wasn’t just long lines and machine ‘malfunctions’ that possibly helped get Scott reelected. While voting late Tuesday afternoon, Izak Pratt of Miami-Dade County noticed a poll worker giving inaccurate information to a black man who was attempting to cast his vote. The man had a US passport as identification. However, the poll worker told the man that he needed a driver’s license with his current home address on it in order to vote. As recounted in a piece for The Gaily Grind, Pratt intervened after the man gave up and was walking out.

Flabbergasted and speechless, I stopped the man and asked him if his passport was expired. The gentleman pulled out his passport and showed it to me, it was valid with a signature and clearly had the gentleman’s face on it. I went back inside the polling station and told the poll workers that it was not a legally acceptable reason to deny somebody the right to vote if they presented a valid US passport.

The poll worker said that the gentlemen could not vote because the passport did not have his “home address on it”. That is when I asked to speak with the supervisor of the polling station. The supervisor came over and told me the exact same thing. I pulled out my phone and showed her that she was mistaken and that the law clearly states that a US passport is a valid form of identification in order to be allowed to vote. The supervisor said that she would have to call the elections department to get clarification, but I told her that I conducted a simple Google search to show her all the acceptable forms of ID which are allowed to vote in the state of Florida. She did look them up and after consulting with two poll workers, finally relented and let the man vote.

The gentleman came up to me and told me, as he shook my hand, “Thank you for protecting my right to vote”

Pratt returned to the polling station a short while later to confront the poll workers and supervisor. He wanted to get a clear answer regarding their lack of understanding of the basic laws and requirement of the state. Pratt placed his phone in a shirt and had the video camera on while he spoke with the workers. Per the supervisor, it was all just a misunderstanding and a “clerical error.” (Huh?)

Below is video of Pratt’s conversation, courtesy of his Facebook page:



Pratt also wrote that he attempted to speak to another poll worker outside the polling station but was told that he needed to leave because he was “intimidating other voters.” Of course, that is some delicious irony considering he just caught the workers redhanded giving false information to a voter who was likely there to vote for Democrats. As Pratt opined in his piece, and I am in agreement with him, one has to wonder how many other voters, not only in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties but the country as a whole, were given information like this and turned away from the polls.

The GOP ‘wave’ that we witnessed can be tied to a number of things, such as races being mostly in red or swing states, or the decision of many Democrats to run away from President Obama and his accomplishments, or just the general history that the 6th year of a two-term presidency tends to bring losses for the President’s party. However, it appears that we saw a real impact from voter ID laws across the country, as well as actual incidents of voter intimidation and suppression. Whether it is the 40,000 missing voter registrations, mostly of minorities, in Georgia, or Mitch McConnell’s fliers in Eastern Kentucky, there seemed to be a concerted effort to negatively impact Democratic votes.

In this instance, we have clear evidence that voter intimidation via the dissemination of false information occurred on Election Night. Who knows how many other times this happened Tuesday night?


Image courtesy of The Gaily Grind

32 Replies to “Minority Voter Intimidation Witnessed And Recorded In Miami-Dade County On Election Night”

  1. I wonder if that incident was willful ignorance of the law (poll workers making up their own law on the fly) OR Orders given to deny a minority voter access on ambivalent pretexts? This whole voting suppression thing by Republicans stinks! And any results in their candidate’s favor should be suspect. Winning by any means necessary is tantamount to voter Fraud and should be unmasked.

  2. If this story grows legs, expect the standard Fox News rebuttal of the tired photo of the two NBP’s in Philadelphia from 2008 as reason we should dismiss this story.

  3. And they say “OKay, okay. We got caught trying to cheat and we did a ‘take-back.’ So what’s your effin’ problem?”


  4. I’m pretty jaded as of now. Think all the illegal things done in any election are only shades of the rethug way of life. Lies, steal cheating are just ordinary for them. Just listened to McConnel and his idea of what they plan on doing. Said, the Senate will function, that they will finally go to work. Now that is a novel idea. WORK!! they have sat on their hands for six years have obstructed any and all things to help the nation, NOW when they have cheated their way to complete power, they will go to work and earn the pay they receive?? WOW! we should be greatful I guess….

  5. Just her body language shows that she knew what they had been doing was wrong and illegal.

    Where I voted (not FL, but NC — almost as bad), had several pictures posted of acceptable ID’s, one of which is a US passport. NC will also accept a VA card unlike TX (I think). It’s all stupid when it comes down to it.

  6. Certainly something smelled about our election. Even people who had voted for Rick Scott the first time were regretting their choice in a few months. And then, at the last moment, a wave of votes come in that put him over the top?

  7. According to FL election law,even if you don’t have a proper form of ID with you at the polling place you can still cast a provisional ballot. Once your signature is verfied and you voted in the correct location, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record. See here: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/voting/voting-info.shtml

  8. I want proof that the voting machines and ballot counting machines are not hackable. The vote flipping is most likely malfunctions, Thats easy to see and catch. Am I to trust that machines cannot be programed or hacked to quietly switch votes? In this day and age?

    What i’m more concerned with is what cannot be seen, like if my vote was counted correctly. We should be able to check and confirm our vote after the election to make sure it was counted correctly. All i can see is that it was delivered and accepted. I want proof.

  9. Give it up guys…they won. THEY STOLE THIS ELECTION!!! The dems won’t say a word just cower and say nothing like the whimps they are. The RW WILL STEAL THE WHITE HOUSE TOO…thanks for absolutely nothing dems. You just set us up for for death panels! Happy now sarah?

  10. I also want that robo call tracked down, the one telling poll workers to stay home, that should be illegal.

  11. I agree I truly believe something strange was going on all over the country. There is no way where a lot of GOP candidates were keeping it close but suddenly after the voting hours they pulled away with a surprising number of votes. We will never know, but God knows. And payback is a bit$h.

  12. TigerWonderingWTF is absolutely correct. All the hate, foul out right lies, crazy talk, telling people that they want to take things away from the people and give it the wealthy and hardly ever did the dems use it against them. The dem candidates just sat and let the shXt splatter on us and never once did we pick it up and throw it in their faces. So many opportunities were squandered and wasted. We, the dems can take the high road, as we should, but we have to be willing to stoop to their level or lower to get our point home. They have found what works and will continue to use these tactics in the future. Unfortunately, most people in this country are ill informed and will believe the person who yells the loudest. The dems have to show the people there is something better and we must be willing to get dirty to show the masses. This is a great web site, but the masses read fox nation and similar sites, and believe everything they read there.

  13. They don’t want you to vote, it’s as simple as that. The GOP has slowly been eroding your right to vote for a very long time and they will continue to do so because no one is stopping them.

    That in and of itself is enough motivation for me to vote in every election. I won’t give my right up without a fight.

  14. This whole election reminds me of those in third world countries. Countries controlled by dictators. This election stinks to high heaven and should be investigated nothing about it in the Southern States sounds legal. We have all known it for months. The Republicans have made no secret of their illegal activities. If they are allow to get away with it our nation and us alone with it are doomed.

  15. This happened all over the U.S! They suppressed more then 40,000 votes down in GA. If I was them, I wouldn’t be very proud of a win I had to cheat to get! But now they have it, we can keep asking the GoP why aren’t you moving this country Forward as you know it will be the Koch agenda an McConnell an no the People’s agenda in the Senate! So it’s our job to keep on top of them like they did the Democrat’s an point out WHO’s agenda they are working an why they aren’t doing it fast enough!

  16. Why can’t we have receipts? We use to have voting machines that produced receipts, like a ATM. It seems to me that it would be harder to hack voting machines if this were possible. I don’t trust the machines. I haven’t trusted them since Diebold in Ohio and Florida.

  17. It is sick and pathetic how Not one of the so called “liberal media” are questioning how the geopigs actually won . Voter suppression and machine tampering and millions of dollars from their corporate masters ARE THE REASON THEY WON.

  18. Diebold machines have been banned in California.

    The system we use (at least in Los Angeles) is scan and ink. Like the Scantron forms we used in high school, you physically ink the number corresponding to the candidate of your choice. No hanging chads. The inked ballots are put through a scanner which tabulates the votes. If there is concern that the votes were not counted accurately, the paper ballots can be recounted by hand.

    With a system difficult, if not impossible to cheat, Democrats control both houses of the state legislature, and our Democratic statewide officials were re-elected by wide margins.

  19. But who programs the scanning machines? Up here in Wisconsin there is no transparency at all about the programming and after the election the “tapes” are destroyed. It is easy -peasy to program the first 100 ballots (test run) to correctly identify the vote and then after that every 2nd or 3rd or 4th ballot counts Republican.

  20. Article aside, this thread is interesting to read. I’m a conservative who found his way onto this site following a link from a liberal friend. I tend towards Republican, though I’ve voted for Democrats if they hold the same values I do. As I read through the comments, it strikes me that this is the exact same comment thread you would find on a republican-based thread, simply replacing Dems with GOP or vice versa. Dems feel the GOP steals elections through voter suppression. GOPs feel Dems steal through voter fraud. Name calling and angry verbal swings ensue. Meanwhile the political pendulum swings back and forth like clockwork. At some level, we may all simply be pawns in this political nightmare while the guys and gals running the show keep making their money and pitting one side against the other to do it. Sadly, as long as each side views the other side as an enemy, this game will continue on indefinitely. Here’s hoping for a better way to organize and run this country one day.

  21. I would agree with you but starting with Gingrich the Reich has viewed us as the enemy. As much as we try to reach out they have had a scorched earth policy when it comes to this country.

    Sadly Democrats will not learn their lesson and like battered wife’s they will tell themselves “he wont do it this time its different”

    I for one am tired of it and for the damage they have done its time to call Orkin

  22. Yeah, Gingrich was pretty bad. A lot of them are actually – for both sides. The GOP seems like they are trying to figure out how to get the rural vote and the Dems are trying to figure out how to get the minority vote. Most of them seem to be opportunistic, trying to figure out which buttons to push to stir up the votes in their direction, asking who they can put out front as the “poster child” to bring out the voters. There are a few solid Dems and GOPs in there, but they are generally overrun by the self-seekers and professional politicians. It’s funny, but I usually don’t trust any of them until they get out of office. They all tend to be a little more middle of the road and nation focused when their jobs aren’t dependent upon extremist rhetoric.

  23. Please tell me what GOP policies in the last 35 years have benefited the average American? If you cant I can tell what Democrats have done

  24. Everyone has a piece of the pie, but GOP has been influential in health care reform, immigration reform, education reform, smaller government, government spending and regulation of private business, lower taxes, partial birth abortion ban act, emission regulations, etc. They’ve failed in a variety of ways as well, again, in an effort to rile up more votes from “hyper-conservatives”. Dems have been stronger in equal pay, minimum wage regulation, equal opportunity act, universal health care (even though I make too much to benefit from it and pay more now than ever), etc. It’s hard today to get anything done on both sides because every bill is padded with kick backs to their constituents. I’d like to see more liberal republicans and more conservative democrats get in there and see if they could actually get something done. Denouncing ideas simply because they come from the other side of the aisle is just bad governance.

  25. WTF!!! Are you on acid? Please tell us when republicans were in power they had smaller government? You are a fucking idiot

  26. If I was Mitch McConnell I would be the one worried about getting sued. If you need grounds just hang onto that flier he sent out during his campaign.

  27. Wow.

    Well, there you go. Discussion over I guess. Let the name calling begin. For a moment there, I thought we were almost having a dialogue. This must be what it feels like in Washington. It’s no wonder we don’t get anywhere with the vehement anger towards alternative perspective so close to the surface. Neither side is completely right. Both sides are a major part of the problem. They are just unwilling to see past it and move towards a more unified approach. Maybe one day.


  28. I don’t want to insult unless you are being an idiot. You wax about right wing talking points that has no basis in reality. Now answer the question. When has republicans been for smaller government? See I don’t fall for bullshit because I know. I wont even address your other talking points as of yet because that’s bullshit too. Just answer my one question.

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