NAACP concerned about voter intimidation

NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber
November 5, 2012 3:24:39 PM PST
There are new allegations of voter intimidation on the day before Election Day. Reports have been coming in from across the state and are said to be higher than ever this year.

The Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, Gary Bartlett, said they are receiving complaints on both sides of the election about voter intimidation. However, Bartlett said the latest cases seem to be targeting minorities and the elderly.

Politicos on both sides said they are hearing plenty about voter fraud, intimidation and misinformation and that's just in early voting. They fear there will be more Tuesday.

The State Board of Elections is fielding calls including new complaints about calls being made to voters at home or on their cell phones.

The national president of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, was in North Carolina Monday asking state authorities to closely monitor polling places. Jealous noted that the director of the State Board of Elections has said that he has never seen this much voter intimidation in his 20 years with the board.

"The situation in this state is as bad or worse as any in the country," said Jealous. "What your chairman of the state board of elections said last week is true and it's disturbing.  And we need to understand what it means for the state of democracy in this state and in this country."

Bartlett said he's also concerned about passions boiling over at polling places. A few fights were reported during early voting.

The Board of Elections has the power to send law enforcement to polling places if necessary. However, they don't like doing that unless absolutely necessary because some find that intimidating as well.

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