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AFL-CIO: Election 2012

We covered the 2012 election live on the AFL-CIO Now blog all day Nov. 6. Read the blog below:

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Ohio GOTV Makes 800K Contacts in Final Push

In a huge voter outreach push in the final days of the election cycle, the AFL-CIO political program in Ohio completed more than 800,000 voter contacts. That far exceeds previous election years. The unprecedented level of voter communication capped the massive effort under way since Labor Day that reached more than 2 million Ohio voters with 80,000 volunteer shifts.

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California Labor Activists Engage in Massive GOTV Efforts

In a massive display of the power of working families, 40,000 volunteers in California are finishing up a massive get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort. The activists have distributed more than 5.1 million worksite fliers and made more than 3 million direct voter contacts. In the past week, they completed more than 1 million voter contacts. While the presidential election is a foregone conclusion in the state, the massive contact program could be decisive in a number of ballot initiatives, including Prop. 32, which would silence the voice of working people.

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Ohio Union Members Energized to Re-Elect President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown

Photo courtesy of John Beagle

An election eve poll taken among AFL-CIO union voters in Ohio shows that Ohio working families strongly support President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown.

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Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

Akron Area Voting Machine Troubles Slow Ohio Voters

The AFL-CIO Voter Protection rapid response team has dispatched a team of lawyers to Summit County, Ohio, where there have been reports from across the country about problems with voting machines, lack of paper ballots, moved polling places and other issues.   

In one precinct, some voters were in line from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. before finally voting with provisional ballots. 

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Election Protection Alert: Mid-Day Report

Election Protection Alert: Mid-Day Report

Here's a round-up of reports of election problems and voter intimidation from around the country.

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Why I Support Obama: Columbus Stagehand Shares Personal Story

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Thomas N. Sico, a member of State and Theatrical Employees (IATSE) Local 12 in Columbus, Ohio, wrote the following letter to IATSE officers about President Obama’s support for using IATSE members at a Monday campaign rally in Columbus.  IATSE President Matthew Loeb forwarded the letter to us.

I know we are all tired of seeing political ads, but please take a moment to read this before you head to the polls today. Over the last few days political history happened in Columbus Ohio and IATSE Local 12 was at the center of it.

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Election Protection Alert: Voting Trouble In Pinellas County, Florida

Photo courtesy of Adonis Hunter

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of robocalls were sent out from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office this morning instructing voters that they could vote tomorrow. After about 30 minutes of the calls going out, they were stopped and the elections office issued a statement saying that the calls were inaccurate.

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Election Protection Alert: Election Board Finds True the Vote in Ohio Not So True

Election Protection Alert: Election Board Finds True the Vote in Ohio Not So True

True the Vote, the Texas tea party-founded group whose main goal is to suppress and intimidate voters (especially voters of color), was barred from sending its poll monitors to polling places in Franklin County, Ohio, the AFL-CIO voter protection team and The Columbus Dispatch report.

True the Vote was denied status as official observers by the Franklin County Board of Elections yesterday after questions were raised about the veracity of the documents the group submitted. In Ohio, if a group of at least five candidates (local, state or federal) request it, the group is allowed to have poll monitors on Election Day. The Dispatch reports:

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Elections Officials Scramble to Get Ballots to Sandy Recovery Workers Who Are Out of State

Photo courtesy of Valard LP

An unknown number of workers who are helping with the recovery after Superstorm Sandy may have difficulty casting their votes today because they are away from their home states. New Hampshire elections officials are doing what they can, as required by state law, to help make sure those workers can cast their ballots.

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