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Old 2020-06-21, 01:51   #281
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Default ‘It’s going to be an angry mob’: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent pre-primary
Calling disenfranchised voters "an angry mob" is sick beyond belief. Well, not really. It seems about par right now. "Angry mob" justifies gassing, spraying, clubbing, and whatever else occurs to the officer who "fears for his life" before deploying potentially lethal instruments of torture against citizens who are peacefully assembled. People who are trying to vote, at a polling place which is supposed to "serve" 616,000 registered voters, in a county where half of the state's black population reside, have considerable justification for being angry. Sicking Armored Empire Troopers on VOTERS(!) seems almost inevitable now.
Voting rights expert Ari Berman wrote in a tweet: “There will be one polling place for 616,000 registered voters in Louisville’s Jefferson County, where half state’s black voters live.”
He added: “This is going to be a disaster.”

Local officials blamed the pandemic and a seemingly rushed effort to send out ballots, which led to some voters reportedly receiving inaccurate paperwork.
"It's possible they got the wrong ballot, when there's over 2,200 different ballot styles and there are two ballots sitting next to each other one is a Republican and the other is Democrat," Nore Ghibaudy, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, told WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky. "You've got to remember this is a very unique situation. We have sent out over 200,000 ballots in a short period of time working 24 hours a day seven days a week."

Other officials meanwhile said a large turnout of voters in some counties would lead to an “angry mob” — with long lines, packed polling sites and further confusion about the primary process.

“It we get a massive turnout at Kroger Field, that’s just going to be an angry mob,” Don Blevins Jr, a clerk for Fayette County, told Washington Post,Meanwhile, closely-watched races could lead to bigger turnout than in recent years, with 937,000 voters requesting early ballots, the newspaper reported.
Judge Simpson pointed to three measures the state implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic, including “making absentee ballots available for all voters, providing early in-person voting options for 15 days leading up to Election Day, and establishing a polling place for Election Day in-person voting”.

Voting rights activists said the state’s issues could cause it to have an Election Day similar to Georgia’s recent primaries, plagued by a shortage of polling sites, widespread confusion and missing absentee ballots.
Ben Jealous, president of People For The American Way, described the situation as “Our Next Electoral Nightmare.”
“Half Kentucky’s Black voters live in one county,” he wrote. “It will have one polling place... for 616,000 registered voters.”

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