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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Franchise Protection Mob

Happy election day to all. I am not only way up here in Canada, but the state in which I am still eligible to vote does not have any federal races this time. In order to feel like I am still in touch, let me share with you a collection of grassroots efforts to document troubles at the voting booth.

While I think it's fantastic that folks with camera phones will be on the lookout for misdeeds, I wish that this effort could overcome the geographic distance between polls where people are likely to have cameras and the polls where people are likely to be disenfranchised on technicalities. Unfortunately, residential segregation by class and race is likely to create a false sense of security if a "monitor your own poll" strategy is the only one available.

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