Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, will be published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Photo by Ports Bishop)
Voting meltdowns are plaguing Election Day in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania today.
A last-minute directive by the Ohio Secretary of State could discard thousands of provisional ballots, delay the election, and hand the Buckeye State to Mitt Romney.
The most high-profile instances of election fraud this cycle have been committed by Republicans in states with new voting restrictions.
It will be resisting not only voter-suppression laws in key swing states but also harassment from the Tea Party group True the Vote.
The bad news? Ohio’s Secretary of State swiftly limited early voting hours.