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Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:49 PM

Shenanigans at polling stations is nothing new - ask your grandparents

August 2, 1986

WASHINGTON Four witnesses Friday disputed Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist's sworn testimony that he had not harassed or intimidated minority voters in the early 1960s....

Sydney Smith, now a La Jolla, Calif., psychoanalyst, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had seen Rehnquist approach two black men waiting in line to vote in the 1960 or 1962 election in Phoenix, challenge their ability to read and tell them, "I would ask you to leave." ...

James Brosnahan, a San Francisco lawyer, told of being called at the 1962 election to a south Phoenix precinct as an assistant U.S. attorney to investigate complaints about challenges being made to black and Latino voters.

Brosnahan, whom Rehnquist has acknowledged knowing, said he is "certain" that Rehnquist was acting as a challenger at the polling place and that "a number of people" waiting to vote pointed him out as a person causing problems. "I have no doubt about that," Brosnahan said....

Manuel Pena, an Arizona Democratic state senator, told of being involved in a "close confrontation" with a Republican challenger at the Nov. 3, 1964, election at a Phoenix precinct. He said he recognized the challenger at the 40% Latino precinct as Rehnquist from a newspaper picture he saw a few years later.

Charles Pine, a former state Democratic Party chairman in Arizona, said Rehnquist "is currently suffering from a conventient lapse of memory" in denying voter intimidation. Pine said he saw Rehnquist at the 1962 election approaching voters and asking them: "Are you qualified to vote?"
http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-02/news/mn-973_1_justice-rehnquist

A Phoenix lawyer and longtime Democratic activist, who said he did not want to be identified because he expected Justice Rehnquist to be confirmed as Chief Justice, said that at the 1962 election he was photographed by William Rehnquist as he and another Democrat approached a voting precinct in a minority community. Photographing Voters

''We asked him what he was doing, or perhaps he just told us, 'I'm taking pictures of everybody,' '' the lawyer recalled. ''We asked if that wasn't harassment. He just laughed and said, 'There's no film in the camera.' ''
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/04/us/rehnquist-in-arizona-a-militant-conservative-in-60-s-politics.html

William H. Rehnquist was an attorney in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950s and 1960s. He was active in the Republican party, and served as Barry Goldwater's campaign manager in the 1964 presidential election. He worked in the Justice Department during the Nixon administration, and was appointed to the Supreme Court by Nixon in 1972. Reagan appointed him Chief Justice in 1986. In all, Rehnquist served 33 years on the Supreme Court.

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Reply Shenanigans at polling stations is nothing new - ask your grandparents (Original post)
TheDormouse Mar 2016 OP
EmperorHasNoClothes Mar 2016 #1
louis-t Mar 2016 #2
TheDormouse Mar 2016 #3
louis-t Mar 2016 #4
TheDormouse Mar 2016 #5
louis-t Mar 2016 #6
Hotler Mar 2016 #7
yortsed snacilbuper Mar 2016 #8
TheDormouse Mar 2016 #9

Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 02:07 PM

1. Nothing has changed

Although the pervasiveness of camera phones and social media is making it harder and harder for them to keep it under wraps.

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Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 02:16 PM

2. I'm so lucky. I walk out my front door and turn left.

I walk 500 ft. and I am at my polling place. There is no line, no waiting. I have no excuse for missing any election as long as that building exists as a polling place. I can go any time of the day. I was annoyed the first time the volunteers asked to see my I.D. but I'm over it now. The last time I waited in line to vote (over 1.5 hours) was the presidential election in '92 and that was at a different building. Forcing voters to wait in line for 4 hours should be against the law. There is no excuse.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 06:04 PM

3. but you still should check that your registration is up to date

before the actual date on which you plan to vote, if you are planning to do it in person.

Too many people assume everything will be fine when they show up on election day, then they get a big shock.

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Response to TheDormouse (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:33 PM

4. If I lived in a state that allowed criminals to run elections

I would be concerned. It's always been on the up and up around here. I recommend everyone follow your advice in red states or anywhere with a history of these kinds of shenanigans.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:41 PM

5. don't u live in MI?

from your icon, I figured ur a Michigander

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Response to TheDormouse (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:07 PM

6. Yeah, but Macomb County.

I don't know about other areas of the state. I would think west side of state there might be some problems. Grand Rapids area is run by the DeVos family and their criminal enterprises.

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Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 08:47 PM

7. Someone say shenanigans?????



sorry I couldn't help myself.

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Response to TheDormouse (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 12:46 AM

8. My polling place is a catholic church and I'm an Athiest,



back in the day it was a car barn where they overhauled street cars and the the catholics bought it an made it into a church, I always wear an Athiest tee shirt when I vote just to pull their chain a little bit, and the last time I was there they lost my records, but they finally found them when I started complaining!

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 01:59 PM

9. that's not uncommon at all--my polling station is a church too

But with early voting, I can vote at a library that's even closer.

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