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Pennsylvania Reports Voter Intimidation From … REPUBLICANS?!?

"Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party."So you know that huge terrifying black man we told you about, who is harassing old white ladies by opening the door for them? That’s called “voter intimidation,” and it’s practiced by minorities and the United Nations and tricky Democrats, because they don’t want to play by the rules, they can’t help it, they’re just awful people.

Far more awful, for example, than the upstanding Republicans of Allegheny County, Pa., who are so patriotic they showed up to polling places this morning to enforce laws that don’t even exist!

What’s all this about, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review?

An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday issued an order to halt electioneering outside a polling location in Homestead.

County officials received a complaint shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that Republicans outside a polling location on Maple Street in Homestead were stopping people outside the polls and asking for identification.

Wait, you mean strangers can’t just show up places and demand identification from people? I’m sorry, I thought this was America. They’re only trying to help! In Pennsylvania, they need photo IDs to vote, right?

voters need not show identification for this year’s election.

Ohh. So they’re just outside, scaring people away, because they don’t want them to vote, in the name of liberty. Buncha nice folks, they are, over there on Maple Street. WAY nicer than those other people, who show up with their berets and slam-dunking and leather gloves, to make sure people get to vote. Those guys are the worst.

[Tribune-Review via ThinkProgress]

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141 comments

    1. Callyson

      Go Stillers! (Pittsburgh native here, living in LA now but still loyal to the hometown.)

      Also, did you see this gem from the Post-Gazette? Mittens is so confident of getting the PA vote that he is hiding from voters!

      Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport for his final stop of the campaign this afternoon, but supporters of the former Massachusetts governor hoping to catch a glimpse of him might be disappointed because his appearance will not be public.
      Mr. Romney is scheduled to arrive at 3:20 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation Services and his arrival is only open to members of the press. From there, he will be whisked away in a motorcade.
      His campaign declined to say where he was going.

      http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighbo

  1. Lascauxcaveman

    They'd better be careful. Some of those voters they're trying to card may be packing 2nd Amendment remedies with them.

      1. sewollef

        Except you know what Marx said about repeating history, right?

        “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”

      2. OneDollarJuana

        In Germany, of course. Following in the footsteps of their dear Decider by invading the wrong country.

    1. freakishlywrong

      There's a joke in here about dicks going in to assholes, dicks coming out of assholes. Who can explain it?

      1. Loch_Nessosaur

        That's going to be one of those things that ranks right up there with Bush getting the shoe thrown at him.

  2. smellyal8tr

    Interestingly, those asking for ID were unwilling to provide their own dental records…well, they really didn't need to, since they only had the one tooth and all…

  3. Loch_Nessosaur

    Why do you think they've been screaming voter intimidation/fraud for the last few months. They were just letting us know what they planned to do.

    1. Dr. Nick Riviera

      I'm so freaked out right now. If I didn't have an exam in Equine nutrition tomorrow I'd take some happy pills wake up Friday to see how things turned out. Instead I find myself freaking out about the fact that Romney is winning this sample size of 3 voters.

  4. Cicada

    I say we institute a rhythm test for the next election. If you can't do the electric slide, you clearly don't deserve to vote.

    1. Dr. Nick Riviera

      If you don't say "mayo" is your favorite topping, you can't vote. If you have never shopped at Eddie Bauer, you can't vote. If you are a reasonable dancer, you can't vote.

  5. vulpes82

    This is so unexpected. REPUBLICANS intimidating VOTERS! Unbelievable! I do believe I have the vapors! Someone fetch my smelling salts and fainting couch forthwith!

  6. Jerri

    If I get through today without throwing up (before I drink a shitload of booze after work tonight that is), it will be a fucking Christmas miracle.

  7. DocChaos

    My wife is so fired up she was hoping for someone to challenge her right to vote so she could cockpunch them. I told her that living in the Liberaltown neighborhood of Liberal City in the State of Solid Blue that it was probably not going to happen. She'll get over it.

    1. fuflans

      this is EXACTLY me. (rahm's old district in chicago AND i voted two weeks ago.)

      i am going out in a little while just to see if i can find some bagger trouble somewhere.

    2. emmelemm

      the Liberaltown neighborhood of Liberal City in the State of Solid Blue

      We must be neighbors! The view is lovely from here.

      Actually, we're not neighbors because I'm in an all-mail ballot state, so there's simply no outlet for voter suppression or cockpunching voter suppressors.

  8. PsycWench

    I guess standing outside the polling areas asking people to pay their poll taxes in cash wasn't exactly legal either.

  9. YouBetcha

    They are lucky I am not in PA. I would not have reacted in a civilized manner if someone was doing that outside of my polling place. I'm not above making a grown man cry sad, shameful tears.

  10. hagajim

    Instead to telling them to get lost they should throw their asses in jail – for a year or two. Why not, we toss people in jail for way less. Send a message of sorts to not screw with the voting process.

  11. Beowoof

    Republicans are afraid of non-existent Democratic voter fraud, merely because they know it would get in the way of their elaborate plans to conduct voter fraud and intimidation.

  12. SorosBot

    And yep, I've checked the headlines over at a few of the wingnuttiest sites and it's all "NEW BLACK PANTHERS!!". All because of one guy, just standing there. They really are losing their minds.

  13. smellypossum

    Snark off: Vote rigging, voting machine tampering, voter intimidatoin ALL should be considered treason as the goal of the tampering process is to install a regime not elected by the people.

    Choosing leaders to serve is an essential right and responsibility of citizens in the US. Impeding that right is a violation of civil rights. Anyone making ANY attempt to restrict that right should be arrested and put on trial for treason.

    fucking ignorant inbred crackers…

    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIOPw0Ewj4Q

  14. Loch_Nessosaur

    This is also the reason why the Republicans have be screaming about the commies and the Soviet Union, they're just practicing.

  15. neiltheblaze

    If this stuff happened in Venezuela or Burkina Faso we'd be all superior, tut-tutting about banana republics and Third World dictatorships.

    1. BoroPrimorac

      The voting machines in Venezuela have a digital thumb print reader and their national IDs serve as voter registration cards. It is us who are backwards when it comes to elections.

    1. ttommyunger

      It's always more challenging after the all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. Go for it, you've got a good one in you, I know it.

  16. Chow Yun Flat

    The exchange between the Rethug harassers and the voters should be:

    Rethug: If you are going to vote I need to see some identification.

    Voter: Are you a police officer?

    Rethug: No, but…

    Voter: Fuck You, Asshole.

  17. FakaktaSouth

    Who the fuck do these people think they are, freedom fighters in charge of everyone all the time? I hate hate hate people like this, it makes me want to, um, vote all over them. But I already did that, so now I feel like swinging.

    I had to show ID twice today, once at the polling place and once to the nice police man who thought I was texting while driving – for once I was not and he let me go.

    1. prommie

      And I am sure you were the high point of that cops day and he is on the radio now talking about the hottie he pulled over.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "For once"???

      Bumper sticker you need to see:

      ****HONK IF YOU LOVE JESUS****
      TEXT IF YOU WANT TO MEET HIM

    3. BoroPrimorac

      That's just an excuse to check you out from up close. My girlfriend gets stopped so often for no apparent reason that she's thinking about buying a hijab.

  18. Goonemeritus

    Simple rules for voting, if confronted outside a polling place by anyone a simple FUCK YOU is the traditional response.

  19. cognachas4paws

    According to Fox, these people are the real patriots and really, isn't disenfranchising voters what America is all about?

      1. lingin

        It doesn't take too long to get to the racism in the comments. As a former Philly (and now suburban Philly voter) I wonder how many of these identified GOP Poll inspectors are state certified and how many are just loony right-wingers who just showed up to intimidate.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Those would be the ones demanding photo IDs from voters on the sidewalk? Fuck them… you don't need an ID to vote in PA.

  20. Eve8Apples

    Isn't this your invitation to drop your pants and offer to dangle your "identification" in the mouth of the tea bagger?

  21. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Those fucking GOP assholes really have turned the vote in PA into a circus. We can only hope that Obama supporters are so pissed off that they'll have more stamina and determination than the teatards who created the mess.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Those kids were so adorable, I asked them if they were for Mitt Romney and they looked appalled!

    1. Naked_Bunny

      I see someone in the background ordering a gang hit. That's what gangs do, right? With phones. *whispers* Black gangs.

  22. dinkybossetti

    Oh, how I wanted my commonwealth to not make this kind of news today! I voted first thing this morning, and aside from the fact that only people with last names starting with A through L appear to be voting, everything was fine at my polling place outside Philadelphia.

  23. Esteev

    Thank you, Wonkette, for keeping me sane. While this may be Election Day, my patience is wearing thin. Facebook is a sewer. Already got into an argument about the scary beret wearing Blahhhs and, not surprisingly, those who disagree with the Black Panther Poll Party are the same that want voter ID laws.

    The irony hurts oh so much…

  24. Yellerdawg

    I remember back in the bad old days when everyone in my town voted in the courthouse. On primary day, both parties had tables in the center foyer, then Democrats went down the left hallway and Republicans down the right hall to mark their ballots (no kidding). The halls were still being traversed by people doing business in the courthouse while all that was going on. Never once did I get out without more than one person walking behind me and commenting "I didn't know we had any Democrats in this county.", or "They still let Democrats in here?" I was never particularly intimidated, just amazed at people's audacity.

  25. Maman

    There was a gentleman this morning at the polling place asking if he needed to show id to vote. I said, "No, this is still America". people laughed.

  26. Close_Read

    I love how it says, ''voters need not show identification for THIS year’s election.'

    Just wait, Pennsylvania. Just wait.

  27. ttommyunger

    As a young cop in KCMo I stopped to check out a car with a man sleeping in it on the Highway. When I finally got him awake and out of the vehicle, I asked him for I. D. I guess his name was Dick, 'cause that's what he produced without a word.

  28. tigernole

    Republicans do this and it is deemed that they are only ensuring that the voting process is not tainted by ineligible voters and patriotic or some other hooha, Dems do this and it is voter intimidation, unpatriotic and treasonous.

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