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I just got a phone call early my time (7:40am PST) that there are Tea Partiers
that are trying to prevent black people from voting. This is how racism works
and why it’s so important that we fight back. If our right to vote wasn’t so
powerful, there wouldn’t be folks working so hard to thwart it. I don’t have any
more information than what I’ve been told below.
In Columbia South Carolina, I’m hearing that there are Tea Party folks at
Benedict College. There’s a precinct there. They are protesting student votes
and making them vote with provisional ballots. Please go down to this polling
place if you are nearby or call the police if you are a resident. Benedict is
one of our proudest HBCUs and these kids don’t deserve this as one of their
first experiences voting in America. I’m hearing that they were turning students
away who tried to use their student id as identification. The students were
being referred to the County voter registration office. Which is ridiculous —
most student IDs are photo IDs and should be enough to establish you are who you
say you are so you can vote. Look — to prevent this kind of stupidity: please
make sure you take a gov’t issued id — driver’s license, passport, etc — to the
polls with you today.
In another report, the Tea Party is on the move at the North Hope Center
precinct which is also known as Morris Brown at Sumter SC. These bigots are
*** at the hard working people who have taken time from work or school and
are telling them not to vote. Apparently this is happening at more than one
location in Sumter.
I’m waiting for photos and videos but again — if you live in SC, please help out
by being a witness on the scene or asking a friend or family to help. Add your
photos, testimony, video or just plain outrage in the comments.
These people make me sick. If you are seeing voter intimidation or suppression
elsewhere, please tell us in the comments, call 1-866-OUR VOTE or use Twitter to
help report problems. If there’s violence afoot, call the cops.
THANK YOU. And hang in there. Steal back your vote, my peeps.