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99-year-old Florida woman casts first-ever ballot for Obama

After living through women’s suffrage, Jim Crow and dozens of presidencies, a 99-year-old Florida woman cast her first-ever ballot last week, and she voted for President Barack Obama. “I said I’m going to vote if the Lord spares my life this time,” Rosie Lewis told NBC affiliate WBBH-TV in Fort…

Romney vows to put ‘ghoulish ghosties to bed’ in ‘Scooby-Doo’ spoof

“Perennial presidential candidate and TV dad” Mitt Romney and his five sons were the subject of a new “Election eve special” animated short released by Funny or Die on Sunday. The GOP presidential nominee, voiced by Fred Willard, was a guest star in the “Romney Boys Mysteries,” which recast the…

‘KKK’ painted on ‘dozens’ of Missouri homes and cars

Police in Richmond Heights, Missouri have arrested a man suspected of a hate crime for spray painting “Ku Klux Klan” and “KKK” on houses and vehicles. KSDK reported that “dozens” of residents of one neighborhood woke up on Sunday to find racist symbols of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacists…

Superstorm recovery poses challenges for New Jersey voting

With 300 polling places around the state of New Jersey shut down by superstorm Sandy, residents found themselves balancing their civic obligations with day-to-day survival, Mother Jones reported Monday. “We really don’t care about the election right now,” one storm victim said. “It’s the furthest thing from our mind. We…

Texas marching band features Big Bird decking Romney as Obama does backflips

During a Saturday night football game in Beaumont, Texas, a half-time show featured Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting decked by Big Bird while President Barack Obama did backflips, busted some moves and led the marching band to its grand finale. Students at the Beaumont Central Medical Magnet High School put…

Kilmeade: ‘The best thing’ poll watchers can do is ‘intimidate people’

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that the “best thing” that the presidential campaigns could do would be to send poll watchers to “intimidate people into playing it straight.” Appearing on Fox & Friends on the Monday before election day, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano explained…

Maddow tells voters stuck in long lines, ‘Your country needs you to stick it out’

In a special commentary at the conclusion of a special Sunday night episode, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had a message for voters in states where their road to the polls has been obstructed by Republican forces: don’t give up. “If you are one of those people being forced to stand…

Activists spend millions on new ads slamming Romney’s climate change denial

Two new election ads have attacked Mitt Romney for making jokes about sea-level rise, as campaigners move to tap concern about climate change after Sandy. In the final days before the vote, two groups are running television ads based on Romney’s dismissive remarks about climate change. Activists are following the candidate on the campaign…

Harris-Perry: Tea party group aims to tie up election results

Citing a report from one of her “Nerds,” MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said the real goal of the allegedly non-partisan voter observation group True The Vote is to tie up this year’s elections in the court system. In a first-hand account of poll watcher training posted on the show’s blog…

Extended early voting hours in Miami marked by long lines, office shutdown

Extended voting hours at the Miami-Dade County Elections Office in Florida led to angry voters when the office temporarily shut down an hour into the four-hour voting window for absentee ballots. According to The Miami Herald, elections officials closed the office, citing a lack of staffers and printing materials, leaving…

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