(E) Court Orders MoveOn.org To Cease Voter Intimidation And Harassment In Ohio
On Election Day, individuals in Franklin County, Ohio, were threatened and
harassed at their polling places by agents of MoveOn.org after being asked about their voting preference and revealing their intention to vote Republican.
Similar situations are alleged to have occurred elsewhere around the state and prompted a lawsuit filed in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Voters were intimidated by MoveOn.org in an attempt to dissuade them from voting for George
W. Bush or in an attempt to harass them after they voted. (84) (Exhibit K)
Examples of such intimidation include one plaintiff who arrived at his polling place and was called over to a table operated by MoveOn.org that promised “Free Coffee.” The plaintiff asked for a cup of coffee, was asked if he would voter for Kerry, and responded that he would not. The person at the table refused him a cup of coffee. The plaintiff then noticed that particular individual and others standing near the laintiff’s car. When he exited the polling place, the MoveOn.org table was placed in ront of his car, blocking his exit. When he asked them to move, the individuals arassed him, took his picture and recorded his license plate. (85)
Another voter noticed a loud and boisterous gentleman at her polling place wearing a Voting Rights Staff” badge and standing well within 100 feet of the polling place. In act, he stood right outside one plaintiff’s voting booth and told her that she only had few seconds left and needed to make her final vote. These plaintiffs sought, and received, a temporary restraining order against MoveOn.org. The complaint has
subsequently been amended to include allegations of similar acts by agents of MoveOn.org that occurred elsewhere in the state.
5.2 Incidents Of Voter Harassment
Across Ohio, instances of illegal electioneering within 100 feet of the polling location were reported. The organizations most responsible for sponsoring this activity were MoveOn.org, America Coming Together, Voter Protection Project, and the Election Protection Squad and similar so called “non-partisan” groups. A few examples of those incidents, among thousands collected, follow:
In dozens of precincts in Hamilton County, individuals working for MoveOn.org were observed throughout the day within the polling places distributing Kerry campaign literature, and encouraging the illegal use of regular ballots, and "flushing" the voter lists. In one instance MoveOn.Org had a table inside the 100’ limit with up to 16 people conducting political activity for Kerry/Edwards campaign throughout the day.