I started focusing on 4 specific areas; voter ID laws, early voting hours, voter-roll purging, and this new creepy area of "poll watchers". (I'll be explaining the latter one on my new page.) And I narrowed down a list of states to keep an eye on. There are a couple of swing states where this kind of tomfoolery could actually have an impact on the election.
(Did I just use the word "tomfoolery"? It must be because I'm turning 50 in a couple weeks. I'll probably be saying "land's sakes alive!" soon.)
Once I started digging in, I was energized and encouraged right away. I was definitely taken aback by the scope and inventiveness of what I'm getting very comfortable calling purposeful voter intimidation. But wow, the response in the cities most affected is intensely heartening. I think one reason Republicans hate the idea of "community organizers" so much is they're afraid of us. Nobody can mobilize to protect marginalized people like a bunch of pissed off, bleeding heart liberals.
I have an interview scheduled for Monday morning with a woman who is the media contact for the coalition in Pennsylvania that has come together to make sure voters who don't have the required ID will have it in time to vote November 6th. I can't wait to get a sense from her about how things are going up there, and how people in other states can help, if possible.
So, I'm off to save the rights of voters across the country! And this evening when I break for the night, I think I'll turn up a glass to the great American tradition of activism.