Wednesday, June 22, 2005

''Dean Charges Black Vote Suppressed in Ohio''

"WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to fire up his party base by lighting up an issue Democrats have been hot about for months — the alleged suppression of African-American votes in Ohio during last fall's presidential election. Dean, who was in Washington Tuesday night in part to offer a spirited defense of Sen. Dick Durbin (search), D-Ill., over remarks he made comparing prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay to some of the world's most heinous regimes, released a Democratic study on Wednesday that described voting problems in Ohio last November.

"The results show that our election system failed the citizens of Ohio," Dean said.

Among the charges laid out, the study concludes that 52 percent of African-Americans in Ohio reported significant problems at the polls and, on average, African-American voters waited three times as long as white voters to vote. According to the report, the systemic problems plaguing Ohio's voting process included: voter suppression, negligent and poorly trained election officials, long lines, problems with registration status, polling locations, absentee ballots and provisional ballots, and unlawful identification requirements at the polls.

Dean suggested the report backed up his claim that Republicans worked actively to suppress the African-American vote."-from the story today on Faux News.

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