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Election Watch 2010: Help us monitor voting issues

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What will your voting experience be like? We want to know. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Accusations of voter fraud and intimidation unfolded alongside reports of electronic malfunctions and deceptive practices throughout Tuesday. Retrace press coverage of these reports and voter voices below, or continue the story by tagging tweets of your experience at the polls with #votemonitor.

Did you vote today? Tell us about your voting experience. Tweet #votemonitor to send us your pictures and stories.

This post was first published on 10/29/10 and is being continuously updated on 11/2/10.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | October 29, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election, 44 The Obama Presidency  
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12 Point Democratic Party Tsunami about to wipe out the Tea party?

Huffington post and others are now reporting across the board high democratic voter turnout!

Also low GOP turnout with conservatives turned off by extremist Tea party candidates.

Many in the Tea party are depressed and not even going to bother to turn up to vote after their wave fell flat with many seats they hoped to win now unobtainable.

Posted by: walker1 | November 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse


The press has the nerve to report voter fraud, before elections ever happen. Why? Because it riles up the conspiracy theory freaks. It's the new version of headlines like, "Is your drinking water killing your kids? Tune in to News at Eleven to find out." If Tea Party candidates look into real-world cases of voter fraud, they would know their concerns are aimed in the wrong direction. Actual instances of large scale voter fraud are pretty rare (well, let's just pretend Bush's first election was on the up and up). The press has done their best to engineer this election to serve their ratings. They took a lunatic fringe and elevated them to a level of power they never would have had otherwise, while calmer voices of economists and non-partisan groups are labeled "academic elitist" and dismissed. That is the real voter fraud, and it comes from the press itself.

I have zero confidence that our system will begin functioning properly anytime soon, because the 'media' isn't doing its job. They were silent on the run-up to one of the most costly, immoral wars in US history, and they have not covered the functioning of both parties fairly, or accurately running up to this election. News organizations are either blatantly owned by one political party or another (well, mainly one), or are lazy, and just plain cheap. Rather than digging around doing the kind of unbiased investigative reporting of ALL candidates, parties, funding sources, etc., they report polls as if polls represent facts, because it turns the news and the functioning of our government into a horserace to bet on, and nothing more. They have turned the process of governance into another version of American Idol, only with less intelligent, less visually appealing contestants.

I use to think it was a shame that so many news papers are struggling. Now I wish they would hurry up and get about the business of dying to decrease the surplus population, and take their brethren in other forms of media that fail to do their job with them. Maybe another source of news will take its place and return to the idea that news organizations exist to inform the people without bias, and not to create the news for its own gain. I think I'll tune out the news altogether and just watch cheesy reruns of Two and Half Men, or rent classic TV shows like Bob Newhart, or the Mary Tyler Moore show, instead of wasting any more time watching alleged news shows any more—the news is more fiction than any sit-com ever made. Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave.

Posted by: grantmh | November 2, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I have never experienced problems voting. I've been voting in McFarland, WI for over a decade, and there has never been a single instance of impropriety at this polling place.

Posted by: bjameswi | November 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Fear mongering created the murder of Jews, Gypsies, and others. The Republican Extremists have created a fear for the weak, that somehow dictates that the President and his supporters have somehow created such a mess that, only they the Tea Party Republicans must or can correct. Who started sending jobs abroad in the day for cheap labor and returning the goods home to sell at 1000% mark-up or more, robbing mil-lions from America and her workers who took pride in their jobs? Who created this war out of greed rather than justice for 9/11, hanging a man who had nothing to do with it? Who allowed insurance companies to rip off its clients and make billions? Who allowed the oil prices to continue to soar and make the rich richer? Who allowed BP in our home, via the back door that has made a waste land out of some of our most beautiful and precious southern wetlands? Who allowed Wall Street to screw over so many, while letting sub prime loans and ARM's rob people of their most precious life's work which was owning their homes? Who allowed the super rich to have Swiss accounts and pay little or no IRS Taxes? The list goes on and own, and President OBama is being blamed for all the under handed double dealing that has created the monster within our economy. He has tried to correct the issues at hand to benefit us all, when no other President would even consider what he has done, but the haters and fear mongers want the weak to believe this and vote Republican. I guarantee that if the Republicans win, those that are hurting will hurt longer and harder. The haters will not give him the respect he deserves as President of the United States and have released images that are just ridiculous, while America is fighting two wars in an attempt to show other countries how to conduct themselves as a Democracy? He and his supporters inherited this mess and at-least they are trying to correct issues that have gone on far too long in this country, which led to the current displacement of the middle class, increased the poor and poverty ridden, but made the rich richer. Fear Mongering created the KKK,after the Civil War leading to Black Codes and all manners of racism, while all of America was suffering in a sense, as we are today. Fear creates Division, that leads to Control,and finally the Conquer of the American People is what the Republicans want, which they are trying to place on President OBama as creating a Socialist America. Lies! Lies! Wake Up People! We must Stop the Fear Mongering and Hate, so we can rebuild this country for us all to live in, with Freedom, Justice, Pride, and Liberty for all!!!!

Posted by: vwatson25 | November 1, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Run away spending of over three trillion...

Lying to the public...

Helping those who really don't need help...

Losing millions of jobs...

Bring back these things that happened during the Bush era...IF you vote republican, and we WILL have a double dip recession...

Posted by: genewebster | October 31, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Run away spending of over three trillion...

Lying to the public...

Helping those who really don't need help...

Losing millions of jobs...

Bring back these things that happened during the Bush era...IF you vote republican, and we WILL have a double dip recession...

Posted by: genewebster | October 31, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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