top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon Nov 1 2010
Local Groups Fight Voter Suppression in Fresno County
Mon Nov 1 2010
1/2 of the Polling Locations Have Been Closed
In a dramatic "October Surprise" that community activists say is certain to decrease voter turnout in Fresno County, 200 out of the normal 400 polling places have been closed. Hardest hit is southwest Fresno, which is predominantly African American and Latino, where activists say that 75% of polling places have been eliminated. Sabina Gonzalez, who is the campaign director for Communities for a New California, says some residents in SW Fresno will be forced to walk over 2 miles to find a polling place that is open. One polling location in southwest Fresno will have 4,400 voters assigned to it, which is likely to create long lines and delays on November 2.

County Clerk Victor Salazar announced a couple of weeks ago that budget cutbacks have forced his department to reduce the number of polling location in the mid-term elections. But, community groups like Communities for a New California have forced Salazar to modify his plans. Salazar was forced to open twenty (20) early voting sites on Saturday, October 30 and send out a post card notifying voters of their new voting locations.

Community groups are working to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and there will be an effort in Fresno to monitor voter suppression efforts by filming problems at polling places.

Local activists connected to the "Video The Vote" campaign are concerned because the October -November 2010 edition of "Central Valley Tea Party Times" dedicated 2 pages about the potential for "voter fraud." If Tea Party activists are at polling places and intimidate anyone they think might be an "illegal alien" the "Video The Vote" group will be there to document the incident.

photoPhotos
08/24/16 Filthy & Dehumanizing Santa Rita Jail to Improve Treatment of Women In Custody Police State and Prisons | Womyn | East Bay08/20/16 Tribes Push Back Against Yet Another Threat to Clean Water Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | U.S.08/20/16 Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/20/16 Nationally-Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | U.S.08/19/16 Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Peninsula | California08/19/16 Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church Front Page | Police State and Prisons | South Bay | East Bay | California08/18/16 The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Indymedia | San Francisco | California | U.S.08/14/16 California Coastal Commission Upholds Public Access for All Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/14/16 Santa Cruz NAACP Plans Peace Party with Local Police Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/11/16 Residents Look for New Places to Live Following Chinatown Homeless Sweeps Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/04/16 Boycott Driscoll’s Protest at Watsonville Strawberry Festival Front Page | Labor & Workers | U.S. | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Central Valley | Government & Elections | Front Page
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial Labor Video Project (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses Labor Video Project (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AM
Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday khubaka, michael harris Friday May 20th 4:37 AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Apr 14th 3:32 PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday Mar 22nd 7:40 PM
Paris Panels to Explore International Movement to Ban Fracking Center for Biological Diversity Monday Dec 7th 4:24 PM
More Global News...
[ × close ]
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Khubaka, Michael Harris Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
UFW pays millions to itself & cronies, and ZERO for its dues-paying members via Pick Justice (3 comments) Sunday Apr 24th 4:45 PM
Nice Pick Justice turnout at court in Fresno via Pick Justice Thursday Apr 21st 5:51 PM
Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy via Pick Justice Thursday Apr 21st 5:36 PM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]