Thursday, September 18, 2008

Setting Up the Pins?

Ensuring that every vote counts is a noble endeavor. Why, then, am I having trouble believing this site, the Voter Suppression Wiki is non-partisan? From the site [Emphasis below is mine.]:


* This site is designed to be a hub of information and action around efforts to suppress votes in the 2008 U.S. elections
* This is not a partisan effort and is not being done on behalf of any candidates for office

[from an RSS Feed... -- may no longer be on the site]
voter suppression - Google News

* Demand McCain Denounce Disenfranchisement of Foreclosed Voters In ... - OpEdNews
* Competition for your vote heats up - ABC12.com
* RepublicansTrying to Block Foreclosed Homeowners from Voting - MWC News
* Can Obama's Ground Game Beat GOP Vote-Robbing? - Huffington Post
* Dems Sue GOP For Voter Suppression, Republicans Answer With Claims ... - Huffington Post

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3 Comments:

Anonymous jon said...

Probably because you're judging the site's intent from whatever happened to be the top 5 voter suppression on Google News at the time. A better indication would be the Incident Tracker page, which has issues in which Republicans' votes may be suppressed (Ohio) as well as non-partisan issues (the VA, college students in Virginia).

9:10 AM  
Blogger DMinor said...

Jon,

Thanks for dropping by. I do judge sites by the sources they cite, and Huffington Post (like the Daily Kos) is on the left of the spectrum. If the citations had been from the Drudge Report or Fox News, my observation would have been similar.

I or C will probably post further on the subject, possibly on the Blacksburg incident in particular.

Voter fraud, denial of franchise and the demoralization of the electorate are problems to watch. For an example of an attempt at the latter, see this piece.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous jon said...

dminor,

I see your point -- maybe we should move the Google news feed off the front page. Amusingly enough, somebody in a thread on DU decided that we were a "Republican site meant to confuse voters" because of a different story they saw in the news feed. Thanks for the feedback!

jon

10:42 AM  

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