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Radio Smart Talk: Election Day

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 6, 2012 7:53 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, November 6:

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The polls in Pennsylvania are open until 8 o'clock tonight.  It's been a long and expensive campaign for president, but today we'll find out whether President Obama is re-elected or Mitt Romney will become the nation's 45th president.

Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk will focus on the election.  We'll have the latest information on turnout, if there are any problems at the polling places, and if there is news you need to know as you cast your ballot.

We'll also hear from the group Election Protection, which bills itself as the nation's largest voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  Election Protection will have attorneys watching polls throughout the country, including here in Pennsylvania, to ensure the integrity of the balloting.

We'll also keep an eye on the statewide races in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate, Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer.

Please call at 800-729-7532 or email us at during the show to describe your voting experience today.

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  • Robert Heim img 2012-11-06 09:05

    Voted in East Hanover Dauphin County this morning...#57! Steady flow of voters patiently waiting in line, very organized and efficient.

    • Robert Heim img 2012-11-06 09:26

      No voter ID issues at my polling place. They asked if I had it and I was happy to show it. I didn't see any other concerns related to this while I was there.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:11

    Email From Manuel in Carlisle:

    This morning my daughter texted me that two friends of hers were going to a church to catch a ride to the polling place. Once there, the driver of the minivan asked who all was voting for Obama, the Obama voters loaded into the van and left. Her, her one friend, and another girl (A libertarian voter) were left there and are still awaiting being picked up. The other voters returned, and their friend, an Obama voter, said the driver dropped them off at the corner outside the church lot, and then drove off.

    Is this Suppression/Intimidation???

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:15

    Email from Bill:

    I voted this morning in Lebanon County. I believe that all of the "no voter ID required this time" messages in the last few weeks have created confusion for voters that would have had to show ID anyway - anyone voting at that polling place for the first time.

    There were several flyers at the polling place saying that you do not need ID this time. However, I saw two people in front of me who would have needed ID anyway, and didn't have it, and were insisting that they were told "by the news" that they would be able to vote. I saw this happen twice in line in front of me this morning.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:21

    Email from Evanna

    I was happy to see that I was NOT asked to show my ID after all these years of going to the same polling place. I think the woman working the polls (who lives around the corner from me) would have felt foolish asking when she recognizes me.

    There was a line - good turn out but less than an hour.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:22

    Email From Donna:

    My husband and I arrived at Grace Chapel at 6:50am - 8th in line to vote. Lines opened at 7am and moved smoothly with no problems regarding voter ID issues. I was on my way to work by 7:15am.

    Thanks to Lower Dauphin for the delicious apples!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:24

    Email From David:

    I was asked to show my ID. I refused.

    This is not about "voter fraud". It is about voter suppression.

    I will be fighting to get this law removed.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:30

    Email From Maria Lancaster:

    I will not show my voter ID today. I did not show it last time. I explained to them that it was my understanding I did not need to show it.

    They agreed that was true and I didn't show it. I have voted in this precinct for 18 years. My signature is there for them to match when I sign today.

    It is unnecessary and the law was a waste of time and money. It was implemented just to disenfranchise Democrats who might vote for President Obama.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:33

    Email From Mike in Lititz:

    Obviously a timely topic today—thank you! I do not fully understand the fuss about the voter ID. I know it is voluntary for this election but required in spring 2013.

    I have worked at the polls in the past and my wife currently works at our local polling place. When the voter checks in, an ID makes it easier for the clerk to match a photo ID including a signature to the signature in their voter registration books.

    A photo ID simply guarantees the integrity of our American democratic process!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:38

    Email From John;

    I voted just minutes ago and I was disturbed to hear the young lady who refused to show her ID. I bet when she turned 21 she was happy to show it at a bar so she could drink.

    It is a dismal comment on our society when one of our greatest rights is taken so likely. I showed my ID without being asked because poll workers change plus there are two ways to spell my last name.
    And even though I had my ID the person doing the book went to the incorrect spelling and I have known him for 30+ years.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:40

    Email From David, Susquehanna TWP:

    Please STOP perpetuating the myth that photo ID is needed to vote, or that it's OK to be asked for it by poll workers. Those in the know know that it's not the law. It's voter harassment just to be asked to show it. You sound like a tool of the state - part of the Republican / Conservative conspiracy.

    So please, stop it - and just tell people that you don't need to have voter ID.

  • ToddO img 2012-11-06 09:41

    I haven't voted yet, but your conversation with the representative of Election Protection got me wondering what the state and federal penalties are for systematic tampering with the voting process? I'm not talking about a one-off exchange, but for example, the fake robo calls you mentioned about changed precincts. To what degree are these issues investigated? I don't recall ever hearing of someone going to jail, but I think it's long overdue. A free and open election is at the heart of our democracy, and while there will always be disagreements over policy, practices like this makes me sick.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:41

    Email from Heather in Chambersburg:

    I am normally very pleased while listening to Radio Smart Talk, however, this morning, when the caller said she had Michelle Obama on the phone, I felt like i was being pushed to vote for Mr. Obama when Scott asked that Mrs. Obama give her last push for people to vote for her husband. I am very disappointed that Scott would push this in the manner he did.

  • Jan Nolting Carter img 2012-11-06 09:51

    My husband and I took our two kids with us to vote this morning. We arrived at the Susquehanna Township Municipal Building at 8:00 and were handing our index cards in at 8:20 a.m. I was amazed that we were approximately voter numbers 750 and 751! Sometimes there are elections where that is near the end of the voter count. There is going to be a huge turnout today! That's wonderful and a great testament to the privilege for voting. We hope that is imprinted on our kids' minds---the chance to vote is a responsibility. Everyone was pleasant. We did not show ID; it was very clear that it was voluntarily and signs were posted in several places. A very nice gentleman used the words, "Would you like to offer ID? It is an option." If you have not voted, please do.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:56

    Email From Manuel

    Please do not use such terms as “conditioned” and the like. Doing so portrays a bias against a valid law.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 09:59

    Email From Nate:

    It seems to me that the greater danger of voter fraud results not from individuals who try to vote twice, or vote illegally, but instead by politicians on both sides of the aisle who make every effort to design districts that will reliably vote for their political party.

    Has there been any more movement on the redistricting effort based on Amanda Holt's map that might help to make districts more competitive and fair?


  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 10:00

    Email from Mitch:

    This morning when I voted I was not asked to show my ID but told that 'next time' I would need to show a photo ID.

    Lack of clarity, even by poll workers, seems to exist in verbiage that such workers legally should be communicating.

    I would encourage other voters to press forward beyond this issue and consider candidates' support of the arts when voting.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-06 10:10

    Clarification: "All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification."


    - In the "I AM..." drop down box, select the type of voter that best fits you and click "GO". The next page will provide you with information to make your voting experience as smooth as possible.

  • tomr img 2012-11-06 10:30

    Voted in Manchester Township Distric 7 at First Assembly of God and 50% of the machines were not working at 8am. Only had two working but a service call had been placed. Come on people are these machines not checked out the day before?
    Took about half an hour in line

  • Jane img 2012-11-06 11:47

    Sharing this message by a friend who had posted on facebook:
    I am a responsible citizen. I work. I pay taxes. I went to vote this morning and was treated like a second class citizen. Voter registration screwed up our address so we had to vote in a different township AND had to show paperwork AND our ID. No one at the polling station knew how to fix the problem so that this doesn't happen again. Guess what Republicans, you definitely just lost my vote. Happy Election Day!

  • Camp Hill Sage img 2012-11-06 13:34

    Interesting that Scott LaMar would bill the group Election Protection, as the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition. A check of their website shows this is not correct. Partner of Election Protection include NAACP LDF, NAPABA, Progress Now, Voto Latino, SEIU, etc. The word nonpartisan used with this group is laughable. Their agenda is evident and not all that objective.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-09 08:12

    Email from Chuck:
    Voted this morning & inside the room was a judge of voting who asked for voter id, but didn't want to see it. He had a paper to give those w/o ID. I told him I objected to this business & he agreed it needed to be overturned. Thank God, this suppression is being opposed, it'as ridiculous.

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