--In an NAACP public hearing held in Miami, Stacy Powers, a former police officer who currently serves as news director for Tampa radio station WTMP, spoke of witnessing numerous voting irregularities in her election day travels through city neighborhoods.
testified that she
saw people being turned away from several polling places in the black community after being told their names were not on voting lists.
reminded poll workers that an individual can legally sign an affidavit and vote even if their name isn't on an official list, she
was ejected from several polling places (
SALON: Stacy Powers, a news director at Tampa's WTMP, discussed her Election Day experiences rallying voters.
told the audience that she
drove around a predominantly black Tampa neighborhood in the station's van on Election Day and encountered voters who had been turned away from the polls because they lacked a photo ID After Powers challenged the poll manager to justify the decision to keep them from voting, "She
told me not to get snippy with her
was eventually kicked out of the polling place.
also shared the story of an elderly black man whom she
met at another polling precinct near Tampa.
had told Powers that it was his
first time voting, and proudly pointed out the "I Voted" sticker on his
Just as Powers
was about to leave, a police car approached the man. "They pulled up on the grass, two deputies stepped out and they started asking the man, 'What are you doing in this area?
What exactly are you doing?'" Powers said.
pointed to his
collar and said, 'I just voted.' And they said, 'We want to see ID and we want to see it now!'" At this point in her
paused for a moment and started to cry.
"Then [the police officer] turned to me and said, 'What are you sitting here for?'" She
then sped off in fear, she