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Enraged McCain supporters jeer early voters

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Fayetteville, NC: After an Obama rally, the attendees—mostly black—head to the polls for early voting, where they’re berated by angry McCain supporters—mostly white. The Sheriff refuses to intervene, suggesting he wasn’t pleased with the idea of voting on Sunday.

clipped from www.washingtontimes.com
An organizer at the rally rattled off the addresses of early vote sites nearby that would be open after the event.
Photographer Joe Eddins and I headed over to the closest one and found a steady line of voters hoping to cast ballots early. Most seemed to be Obama supporters and several had come from the rally. Nearly all the voters were black.
Also at the polling site was a group of loud and angry protesters who shouted and mocked the voters as they walked in. Nearly all were white.
As you can see from these videos, no one held anything back
At the voting site, I asked a local sheriff monitoring the scene if the protesters were allowed. “They’re fine,” he said. I asked if he’d ever seen anything like that and he said he’d never seen Sunday voting.
One black woman told me she was deeply saddened to see people protesting the most fundamental right of democracy.
The first video closes with Roger Farina (who won NHL fan of the year in 2003) going into detail about why he was heckling the voters.
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Surely this is in violation of federal election law regarding conduct at polling places. The likelihood of intimidation of voters is all too real.

Surely it’s aggravated by the fear-mongering, race-baiting, terrorist-suggestive campaign elements that Sen. McCain denounces in public appearances but encourages in TV ads.

And surely it is all-too-reminiscent of the George Wallace days.


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Written by Monte

October 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Wow. I am stumped by how to talk to somebody who comes from that mindset. Just baffled.

    Monte

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm

  2. sometimes my adopted state makes me want to go running home to CA—-really bad…

    from my hometown:

    http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200881020067

    giannakali

    October 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm


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