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November 5, 2012

“Victory” at a Florida Election Office

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After being told the polls were shutting down, citizens in Doral, Florida — who had already been waiting in line for hours at this election office — succeeded in having the decision reversed. These AP photos capture the initial reaction, people springing into action and then the reaction upon hearing they will indeed be able to cast their vote.

If the photo is joyful, let’s remember these images instead as a testament to lost ground, rights undermined and almost undone, and a scene we should never, ever have to see again in America. Next challenge? If many media photos of citizens queuing to vote over the past few weeks have been trumpeting participation, the endless waits are also an indictment.

(photos: Alan Diaz/AP caption 1: Diana Camacho, left, chants we want to vote, after the elections office in Miami-Dade County closed its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The doors were reopened after the voters in line demanded to vote.caption 2: Jorge Estomba, district director of Move On, talks to reporetrs after the elections office in Miami-Dade County closed its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The doors were reopened after the voters in line demanded to vote.caption 3: Myrna Peralta, left, and other voters react after the elections office in Miami-Dade County reopened its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The doors were closed after election officials were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd Sunday. With limited staff and one printer, election officials decided to shut down the main office, doors were reopened after voters protested and demanded to exercise their right to vote.

  • Gasho

    Real voter fraud, including purging voter rolls, long lines and diebold machine “errors” were never addressed the last few times around. What do we expect?

    Maybe these issues were quietly addressed, but I don’t think so. I follow politics online daily and I don’t recall a single instance over the last 12 years where we’ve made ANY progress in this department.

    The middle shot there is golden and should be made into a billboard. We need to focus some energy on this issue BETWEEN ELECTIONS when we can actually get something done about it.

  • LanceThruster

    These people are my heroes.

    Well done!

  • GeorgeMokray

    The roadblocks to voting are not bugs. They are features. The system is designed to disenfranchise people and the powers that be like it that way. Try to have an intelligent conversation with a reporter about voting irregularities and you will be seen as a conspiracy dingbat. I tried with Tom Edsall once, a highly reputable political reporter. He wouldn’t take the issue seriously.

  • Cactus

    The reason these teapublicans made all these restrictions so late in the game, the decisions at the “last minute,” was not just happenstance. It was very deliberate and precisely so that there would not be any time to challenge them in court nor to rally public opinion. If this were done in Kenya or Iraq, we (they) would all be screaming “election fraud!”

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