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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.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110606A.shtml

Virginia: FBI Looks Into Voter Intimidation

Just ahead 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.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706A.shtml

New Rules, Machines Frazzle Poll Workers

Programming 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 instead.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706B.shtml

Election Fixing Charges Fly in Utah County

The 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."
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706E.shtml

US Sends Poll Watchers to 69 Jurisdictions

The Justice 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.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706G.shtml

Paul Krugman | Limiting the Damage

"President George 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.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706H.shtml

Pascal Riche | Message

Pascal Riche and le Monde suggest that the world sees today's vote as a referendum on the Bush presidency.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706I.shtml

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.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706L.shtml

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 candidates.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706M.shtml

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."
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110706O.shtml

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