Tea party intimidating voters
After coming home from fighting for his country in World War II, for example, Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist and NAACP leader later murdered in Mississippi in 1955, was among those turned away from the polls.
According to an account included in "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965," Evers and other black citizens were headed to vote in Mississippi when they were confronted by a mob of whites carrying guns and knives.
Moral Movement marchers in North Carolina called for voting rights protections after the state dramatically changed its voting laws in 2013.
Concerns about voting rights in Southern states were heightened after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on his supporters to watch for voter fraud at the polls, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.
And the Huffington Post found that an anti-voter fraud group called Vote Protectors briefly had a website that allowed their volunteer poll watchers to upload photos and create official-looking badges. In response, voting rights advocates have been working to increase the number of their own poll monitors to ensure legitimate voters are not turned away.
Their efforts are critical given the number of confusing new voting laws that have arisen in the South.
As Mc Clatchy recently reported: On Election Day in 2012, the Justice Department sent 780 trained observers and department personnel to 51 locations in 23 states.
A spunky woman known for her drive, Catherine soon wanted to do more than just talk.
She joined other tea partiers and decided to volunteer at the ballot box.
It also raises questions about whether other federal agencies have used their executive powers to target those deemed political enemies. They had been busy running a tiny manufacturing plant in Rosenberg, Texas. But the 2008 elections left Catherine feeling frustrated about the debates, which seemed to be a string of superficial talking points.
Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who specializes in representing conservative organizations, says that the Engelbrecht family’s experience is “just the tip of the iceberg. After years of working for others, Bryan, a trained machinist, wanted to open his own shop, so he saved his earnings, bought a computerized numerical-control machine, which does precision metal-cutting, and began operating out of his garage. “Now, we’re up to about 30 employees.” For two decades, Bryan and Catherine drove to work in their big truck. now operates out of a 20,000-square-foot metal building on the prairie just outside of Houston, where a “semi-pet coyote lives in the field just behind us,” Bryan says. So she began attending tea-party meetings, enjoying the political discussion.