Truthout.Org: US Mid-term Election Day News Links
Tennessee Senate Race May Reach Beyond Election
Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez report: When
voters go to the polls in Tennessee, they will have the
option to elect the first African-American senator in the
South since reconstruction. We spent time in Memphis, where
we discussed the election with local civil-rights leaders.
We also looked into preparations for protecting voters'
rights in Tennessee.
Virginia: FBI Looks Into Voter Intimidation
of today's election, state officials alerted the US Justice
Department to several complaints of suspicious phone calls
to voters about where they cast ballots and their
preferences for the Senate.
New Rules, Machines Frazzle Poll Workers
errors and inexperience dealing with electronic voting
machines frustrated poll workers in hundreds of precincts
early Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana, Ohio and Florida
and leaving some with little choice but to use paper ballots
Election Fixing Charges Fly in Utah County
Associated Press is reporting that voting in Daggett County
Utah is so popular that it now has more registered voters
than the county's population. According to AP: "A spokesman
for Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says complaints of
vote-stuffing in the county are being investigated."
US Sends Poll Watchers to 69 Jurisdictions
Department is dispatching more than 850 people to watch the
polls in 69 jurisdictions across the country today, focusing
primarily on areas with closely contested races or a high
number of minority voters. The number of poll watchers is a
record for Justice and more than twice the number sent
during the 2002 midterm elections. Justice has sent
observers and monitors to polls around the country since the
Voting Rights Act of 1965 took effect.
Paul Krugman | Limiting the Damage
W. Bush isn't on the ballot Tuesday. But this election is,
nonetheless, all about him. The question is whether voters
will pry his fingers loose from at least some of the levers
of power, thereby limiting the damage he can inflict in his
two remaining years in office," writes Paul Krugman.
Pascal Riche | Message
Pascal Riche and le Monde
suggest that the world sees today's vote as a referendum on
the Bush presidency.
In Missouri, a Forecast for Voter Misery
The state most
ripe for voting disputes in tomorrow's voting, according to
election law experts across the ideological spectrum, may
well be Missouri.
It's a Candidate Calling. Again.
This year's heavy
volume of automated political phone calls has infuriated
countless voters and triggered sharp complaints from
Democrats, who say the Republican Party has crossed the line
in bombarding households with recorded attacks on
The New York Times | This Election Is About Bush, and His Party Must Go
The New York Times editors write:
"President George W. Bush's tenure has done a terrible job
on the basics. Its tax-cutting-above-all-else has wrecked
the budget, hobbled the middle class and endangered the
long-term economy. It has refused to face up to global
warming and done pathetically little about America's
dependence on foreign oil."