In Louisville, there’s only been one reported case of a voter being choked and physically ejected from a polling place.
According to a sworn statement filed with the Board of Elections, a man said he got a phone message from the “Virginia Elections Commission” telling him that he was registered to vote in New York and would be “charged criminally” if he voted in Virginia.
Another man said in an affidavit that he got a call from a woman claiming to be helping Webb. He said the woman gave him an incorrect polling place address after he told her he planned to vote for Webb.
Chris LaCivita, a consultant to the Allen campaign, said the calls did not originate with the GOP. “And it’s sure as heck not coming from the Allen campaign,” LaCivita said.
In Dripping Springs, TX, they come to exercise their constitutional rights, but stick around for the ass kicking, as described by the Austin American-Statesman’s Laura Heinauer.
A witness said former state representative Rick Green shoved and then punched state Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, while both stood outside a polling place this morning at Sunset Canyon Baptist Church east of Dripping Springs.
Rose, who is running for re-election today, said Green (above) shoved him, but didn’t land the punch.
“Rick lost his temper,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that something like this happened on election day.”
Jackie Whalen, a witness to the incident, said she was standing in line to vote when she saw Rose and Green standing and talking between two vehicles. She said she saw Green push Rose against a sport-utility vehicle and then punch Rose in the face.
“Patrick Rose looked like he was trying to get away and then a bunch of men came over and pulled Rick Green off,” Whalen said. “He continued trying to go after him and kept shouting ‘You need to stop lying’ and ‘Let him defend himself, the big baby.’ ”
Rose said he was not hurt.
“Next time I see Rick, I’ll remember to keep my left up,” he said.
In Maryland, there’s some controversy over distribution of allegedy misleading literature outside of polling places, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Melissa Harris.
The literature, paid for by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele’s campaign committees, is titled “Steele-Ehrlich Democrats” and contains a sample ballot.
On the ballot, votes for Ehrlich and Steele are suggested, but the rest of the ticket is filled with “X’s” for Democrats.
“It’s absolutely appropriate for the governor and lieutenant governor to reach out to their Democratic supporters,” said Audra Miller, a spokeswoman for the Maryland GOP. “They have every right to prepare a sample ballot for Democrats.”
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who spent the day working the polls for Democrats in Prince George’s County, called the sample ballots a despicable “dirty trick” by the Ehrlich campaign. He said it’s probably not illegal but should be.
At the same time, he said he thinks voters are too smart to fall for it.
“We’ve got the wealthiest African-American electorate in the U.S., and we’ve got the highest educated African-American electorate in the U.S., so hopefully very few will be fooled,” Miller said.
The Sun’s Dan Rodrick links to YouTube footage of the Steele campaign drafting in homeless dudes from Philly to hustle for votes.
Scary voices on my televisual contraption claim that Richard Lugar has maintained his US Senate seat in Indiana. Republican Lugar, wildly popular in Mellancampville, was running mostly unopposed (sorry Libertarians, but Pete Doherty sucks). I have nothing favorable to say about the man, but his brother Peter makes one hell of a steak.