2004 list also included thousands of people who were eligible to vote, and heavilytargeted African-Americans while virtually ignoring Hispanic voters.- This summer, Michigan state Rep. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) was quoted in the
Detroit Free Press
as saying, “If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to havea tough time in this election.” African Americans comprise 83% of Detroit’s population.- In South Dakota’s June 2004 primary, Native American voters were prevented fromvoting after they were challenged to provide photo IDs, which they were not requiredto present under state or federal law.- In Kentucky in July 2004, Black Republican officials joined to ask their State GOP partychairman to renounce plans to place “vote challengers” in African-American precinctsduring the coming elections.- Earlier this year in Texas, a local district attorney claimed that students at a majorityblack college were not eligible to vote in the county where the school is located. Ithappened in Waller County – the same county where 26 years earlier, a federal courtorder was required to prevent discrimination against the students.- In 2003 in Philadelphia, voters in African American areas were systematicallychallenged by men carrying clipboards, driving a fleet of some 300 sedans withmagnetic signs designed to look like law enforcement insignia.- In 2002 in Louisiana, flyers were distributed in African American communities tellingvoters they could go to the polls on Tuesday, December 10th
a Senaterunoff election was actually held.- In 1998 in South Carolina, a state representative mailed 3,000 brochures to AfricanAmerican neighborhoods, claiming that law enforcement agents would be “working”the election, and warning voters that “this election is not worth going to jail.”
As this report details, voter intimidation and suppression is not a problem limited to thesouthern United States. It takes place from California to New York, Texas to Illinois. Itis not the province of a single political party, although patterns of intimidation havechanged as the party allegiances of minority communities have changed over the years.In recent years, many minority communities have tended to align with the DemocraticParty. Over the past two decades, the Republican Party has launched a series of “ballotsecurity” and “voter integrity” initiatives which have targeted minority communities.At least three times, these initiatives were successfully challenged in federal courts asillegal attempts to suppress voter participation based on race.