Melissa Harris-Perry | November 04, 2012
>> cheering ] the last name we want to leave you with is katherinening he will brekt and her true the vote. they're planning to dispatch one million observers to watch the polls on election day . we dispatched one nerd from nerdland to true the vote to get a little training. and we're pretty convinced that the real intention of true the vote or at least one much them is not just to create chaos. but to actually tie up the election in the courts. so our nerd came back from true the vote training and these are just some of the images that were part of true the vote training. this one is the one that just drives me nuts. you see the challenger, the true the voter looks like she's probably ethnic or african-american. she's challenging a man in a dress, right, who is apparently someone who is this with the wrong identity. it's kind of like trans phobia and racial angst all together in one big piece. what they're told in the training is to watch the voters present proper i.d., check address and i.d. against the poll book . does the voter still live at tha the address. remember, these are not election officials. this is a nerd from nerdland being trained to do this. you get the common sense tips. ask to see the vote total before you leave. ask the supervisor what happened. again, our nerd came back saying, i think what's happening here is they're trying to build a case. tens of thousands of challenges around the country and then you can say here in ohio we had 20,000. here in florida 50,000. is this the way the republicans are going to try to win this election, katon?
>> i don't think so. there's several things. the graphic artist wasn't very good, start with that. that's the first person to fire. did they break any laws is the first question. were any laws broken on the regulations? i don't think so.
>> true vote break the laws.
>> did they have the right do it, organize. yes. both sides are doing it. is this going to be a contested election.
>> both sides aren't doing this.
>> there's another element to this. they're being poorly trained. you see, one of the contests that we have to deal with is where they were actually going into one community where somalians, naturalized somalians voting and telling them they didn't vote because they didn't speak proper english and not knowing that under the voting rights act , you got section 203,s bilingual provisions. you have to stop that. even their own people are embarrassed because they're mistraining purposely i think and telling them that voter i.d. is required like it's not like in wisconsin. there have been problems. i don't think it's about good regulations, a lot of it is where they're being misled so that they will challenge people wrongfully and they will just cause massive confusion at the polls. it's very, very important for voters to not take it. voters need to be with a stand their ground during these elections. i'm really serious. stand your ground . insist on your right to vote. a regular ballot.
>> particularly if ohio is going to throw out the provisional ballot .
>> here's the problem i have with this. the hypocrisy of saying, you're right, technically is it against the law to stand there and intimidate somebody? no. maybe it's -- people are being intimidated by this and they're exercising their rights. what bothers me in this conversation is that too often republicans are so wanting to manipulate the conversation and err on the side of let's make sure there's no wrongdoing when you can buy a gun on the internet without an i.d. and then we have to protect the rights of the individual. part of what we saw historically, let's rather how we got here. once it became untenable for people to see their heads beat in on television in the '50s and '60s just trying to vote. then all of a sudden people said we have to change your tactics. we're going to talk about integrity. the problem is, it's not a conversation about how you make sure every single american has the opportunity to vote and cast their ballot and have that ballot counted. that's where we should all come together as cornell said. that shouldn't be partisan. that shouldn't be about we'll have our vote checkers here and make sure you did this, that or the other. and prepare our case. it's true insanity that we have people fighting for our country in foreign lands and we can't get this right here? it's crazy.
>> absolutely. it feels like it's at the core of the process. whatever the polls say, right, you pick up the phone , you answer the poll. but if to go to stand and vote you are facing intimidation that feels to me fundamentally outside the --
>> strategically, it's not a path to victory long-term. going to beat up the party a little bit. you can't suppress your way to victory long-term here. at some point the republicans have to put their ideals out there and compete for black and brown voters more efficiently. this is not the way to win national elections. our next segment talks about whether there are particular ways to target some of these groups like black and brown voters o p their radio. before we go, i want to say this. we in nerdland sincerely hope that we are not going to need to bring back this week in voter suppression as a segment after the election. but i promise you this, we will stay on the issue and if there are those out there trying to suppress your rights, we will report on it. i want to make a special mention of one of our own nerds. tracy curry has been the producer week in and week out putting together almost every voter suppression segment we have done on this show. tracy has been on top of every aspect of this story. sometimes producers don't get the credit that they deserve. today is tracy's birthday. feel free , #tracy happy birthday , nerdland. send her some love. she's been doing hard work on this week with voter suppression . up next, we're going to talk about radio. [ male