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Department of Justice 2018 Election Security Fact Sheet

In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, 2018, the Department of Justice today provided information about its efforts through the Civil Rights Division, the Criminal Division, the National Security Division, and the FBI to assist state and local jurisdictions in ensuring that all qualified voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted free of discrimination, intimidation or fraud in the election process.

“The Department of Justice and its component agencies protect our democratic process year-round,” said Attorney General Jeff (Granny) Sessions. “During election season, we put in place additional security awareness and monitoring measures with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure the securest possible settings for our elections.  Any attempts to interfere or subvert our democratic process by foreign or domestic entities will be met with severe consequences.  The American people can be confident that their voices will be heard.”

Complaints related to violence, threats of violence, or intimidation at a polling place should always be reported immediately to local authorities by calling 911.  They should also be reported to the Department of Justice after local authorities are contacted.
Below is a list of recent and ongoing action the Department of Justice has undertaken to ensure election security. The Department of Justice works year-round to ensure free and fair elections for all Americans.

 
Department of Justice’s Election Day Watch Program

In order to strengthen election security efforts, the Department of Justice and the FBI will host a live Election Day Watch at the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center. President Trump outlined the Administration’s efforts to protect the elections from foreign interference in a Sept. 12 announcement.


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Tuesday, 6th November 2018
Texas election official resigns after video shows her screaming at black voter

by Aris Follis


"Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law. Go. Go!"

An election supervisor and judge in Williamson County, Texas, has stepped down after she was captured on video screaming at a black voter who was reportedly confused about where to vote.

In footage captured by a third party of the confrontation on Friday afternoon, Lila Guzman could be seen telling the voter repeatedly to leave, saying: "Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law. Go. Go."

The voter who recorded the footage told a local ABC station that she began to record the incident after Guzman started getting louder.

"I was like, 'This is getting out of hand.' So I began to record," the voter who captured the video told the news station.

"She did tell her she couldn't vote there, but she didn't say where in Travis. The lady did have an accent. She could've been new to the country.

I don't know, but she needed some help."

Guzman can also be heard threatening to call the police on the voter, whose identity has not yet been revealed, telling the voter she will have police escort her from the building.

The voter reportedly left the building before law enforcement arrived at the scene.

Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis told the news station Guzman lost "her composure in the middle of this, and that's not something that we ever train our poll workers, supervisors, election judges and clerks to do."

"We always train them and advise them to maintain control of the situation politely and answer voters' questions and give voters options so situations like these don't escalate," he continued.

Davis also told the news station he believes the woman who Guzman was yelling at arrived at the polling site after she was turned away from another one.

"I regret that that incident happened with that poll worker because that voter was just trying to get answers that weren't being provided to her in a way that we train our poll workers to give," said Davis.

"It was the end of the day, and we were seeing steady turnout across all sites, but again, no excuse. It's our job to get voters answers and help them vote, either at our site or the site where they need to vote," Davis said.

Despite the fallout from the video, Guzman told the publication she did not step down from her post due to the incident but because she felt Davis's office failed to provide backup when she alerted authorities about the incident.

She also acknowledged that she was tired and did not handle the situation well at the time.









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Tuesday, 6th November 2018
I Still Don’t Know If My Vote Will Be Counted in Florida
I went to vote in Florida—and discovered that my name had been removed from the rolls over something I’d tweeted
by Jemele Hill


I had never been this paranoid about voting before.

I checked my voter registration multiple times before flying to Florida for early voting. I traveled across the country to vote, rather than voting absentee.

That’s how much I needed the reassurance of physically handing in my vote.

Think of this paranoia as the post-traumatic stress of more than a century of blatant, consistent efforts by the right to undermine, discourage, and disenfranchise people of color.

All too often, barriers have been placed in the way of our voting—or when election laws are applied, we’ve been held to a different standard.

Unfortunately, my spidey senses turned out to be right.

When I showed up at the polling site near my house, I had been kicked off the registered-voter roll.

A flurry of phone calls, and lots of head-nodding and “mmm-hmm”s from the supervisor of the polling site, failed to produce any explanation of why the system wasn’t showing me as a registered voter.

I was allowed to fill out a provisional ballot. I was given two sheets of paper. One had my provisional-ballot number and explained my rights as a provisional voter.

The other sheet listed a website and phone number for the Orange County supervisor of elections’ office in Orlando.

I was told I could use that information to track my ballot.

It wasn’t until 45 minutes later that this voting mystery began to unravel.

Shortly after I left the polling site, an official from the elections office called me and told me that a tweet I had posted a few weeks earlier had been brought to their attention.

I had written that I had recently moved to Los Angeles, but was returning to Florida for early voting so I could vote for Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Being a journalist means signing up for life as a nomad.

I’ve lived in three different cities this year alone.

I’ve lived in six different cities over the course of my 21-year career in journalism.

Part of the reason I bought a house in Orlando in 2006 was to establish a base of permanent residency—to have a place to call home, wherever I might temporarily reside.

I have never rented my home to another person. I get my bank statements sent there. And I pay Florida property taxes.

My tweet in support of Gillum was retweeted nearly 6,300 times and received nearly 35,000 likes.

I wasn’t trying to persuade people to vote for Gillum, but to encourage people to vote, period.

I wanted people to know that voting in this year’s midterms was so important to me that I’d cross time zones just to make sure I participated in our democratic process.

I pressed the official who called me from the supervisor of elections about how my tweet had landed on their radar.

“Let’s just say it was a red brigade,” he said.

I’m guessing that had I tweeted support for Gillum’s challenger, Ron DeSantis, no one would have questioned my right to vote in Florida.

Also in the back of my mind was the dust-up I’d had with the president last year.

I’m not accusing donald lame-duck of trying to suppress my vote, but I wouldn’t put it past his ardent supporters.

“The fact is, you’re a high-profile person who has political enemies,” said Richard Hasen, a chancellor’s professor of law and political science at UC Irvine, and a leading authority on election law.

“The acting-president has influenced passions about voter fraud, so people in the public eye will be watched very carefully.

Everybody is looking for a ‘gotcha’ to see if a prominent person across the aisle is committing voter fraud.”

Thanks to this whole ordeal, I now have something in common with Ann Coulter and the former White House adviser Steve Bannon (a sentence I never want to type again).

The three of us have been accused of committing voter fraud—all in the state of Florida. Coulter also was accused of voter fraud in Connecticut.

Dan Borchers, a conservative blogger and longtime critic of Coulter, filed a voter-fraud complaint against Coulter’s voting in Connecticut in the 2002 and 2004 elections; she was also investigated for voter fraud in Florida in the 2006 election.

She was cleared in both states.

The Guardian reported that Bannon’s Florida voter registration was attached to an abandoned property.

The Miami-Dade state’s attorney later determined that there was reasonable doubt as to whether Bannon had sworn falsely on his voter-registration application.

“Especially in our increasingly mobile society, a person may spend the majority of his or her nights at one (or multiple) locations, but legally reside at another,” she concluded.

“Reporters embedded with a national political campaign often sleep in different jurisdictions every night, but they are still able to claim legal residency at a home base.

That home base may be where a spouse lives, where their office is, or where they feel most at home.”

In another election year, this incident would just be a funny story for me to repeat at parties—but this was the most serious election of my lifetime. I wanted to vote.

In the midterms, we were not simply exercising our customary tradition of voting for our leadership, but fighting for the soul and identity of this country.

That might seem dramatic, but there’s no other way to look at it.

This country has always stood for certain ideals: freedom, democracy, decency.

We have routinely fallen short of them, but we’ve shown enough flashes of being capable of upholding those principles to, at the very least, make fighting for them seem worthwhile.

Too many people now seem to be celebrating and reveling in our backwards slide.

Right now this isn’t a country that’s behaving like it wants to be the best version of itself.

It’s becoming a country that is determined to cater to its worst instincts, fears, and insecurities.

We have a president who is openly bragging about being a nationalist and purposely stoking racial resentment.

Trump’s political party is willingly tethering itself to his dangerous rhetoric in order to consolidate power, giving little regard to the lasting damage being done to the nation’s moral compass.

People are not only being radicalized to hate; they’re channeling that hate into violent and deadly acts—as in Louisville and Pittsburgh.

In Remember the Titans, the star linebacker Julius Campbell told his teammate Gerry Bertier: “Attitude reflects leadership.”

So what does the current attitude in this country say about its present leadership?

This is why this election mattered to me more than any other.

The election official who contacted me told me that, based upon the information I shared with him, there seemed to be no evidence I had committed voter fraud.

He also warned me that he didn’t get to make the final determination about whether my provisional ballot would be accepted.

That would be up to the supervisor of elections.

My spidey senses don’t know what to make of that.


Jemele Hill is a staff writer for The Atlantic covering sports, race, politics, and culture.








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I saw this post at one of my favorite websites out there and felt that I'd re-post here at HEF:

"Look, the gop is the party that's hanging on for dear life. They represent a minority of the country and that minority is getting smaller and smaller; it's the reason they're going all in on gerrymandering and voter suppression.

But even in the face of those things, progressives are edging out a few victories (and establishment Democrats even more than that). The demographics are changing every day and they're moving in a progressive direction.

Republicans are not a party that can survive true democracy in America and they know it. And more and more people are waking up to the lies they tell every day. Every step in the right direction is a step in the right direction. I'm celebrating every victory I can tonight.

It's not the blue wave I had hoped for, but I honestly believe that's the result of crooked politics, not the true will of the people (much as drumphf's election itself was). And the will of the people will triumph. People are fed up. The will of the country is clear.

A lot of the election results from today will not reflect the will of the people. And where it does reflect the will of the voters, it's only because of lies from the Republicans. And more and more people are waking up to those lies.

This nation will get better. It will eventually become more just and righteous than any of us could ever imagine tonight.

Maybe not soon.
But it will.
Time is on our side.
Celebrate every.
single.
step."


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I saw this post at one of my favorite websites out there and felt that I'd re-post here at HEF:

"Look, the gop is the party that's hanging on for dear life. They represent a minority of the country and that minority is getting smaller and smaller; it's the reason they're going all in on gerrymandering and voter suppression.

But even in the face of those things, progressives are edging out a few victories (and establishment Democrats even more than that). The demographics are changing every day and they're moving in a progressive direction.

Republicans are not a party that can survive true democracy in America and they know it. And more and more people are waking up to the lies they tell every day. Every step in the right direction is a step in the right direction. I'm celebrating every victory I can tonight.

It's not the blue wave I had hoped for, but I honestly believe that's the result of crooked politics, not the true will of the people (much as drumphf's election itself was). And the will of the people will triumph. People are fed up. The will of the country is clear.

A lot of the election results from today will not reflect the will of the people. And where it does reflect the will of the voters, it's only because of lies from the Republicans. And more and more people are waking up to those lies.

This nation will get better. It will eventually become more just and righteous than any of us could ever imagine tonight.

Maybe not soon.
But it will.
Time is on our side.
Celebrate every.
single.
step."


---Rogue1 and a half
As much as I would like to believe this is so, history suggests skepticism. It seems to me that America's relationship with democracy has always been ambivalent. That is likely to continue. That said, justice, liberty and equality for all...
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
"Be hard on systems, but soft on people."

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