Still waiting to vote in Columbus

By Joan Walsh
Published November 3, 2004 3:55AM (EST)

Mark Schapiro reported earlier on the shortage of voting booths in eastern Columbus, Ohio, where mostly African American voters have been waiting up to five hours to vote. At one polling place at an eastern Columbus library there were six voting booths in 2000; this year, despite historic levels of voter registration, there were only three, reports America Coming Together volunteer John Darrah, on the ground in Columbus. Mid-day ACT shifted people from ferrying voters to the polls to going to get them food and water. When Darrah left the library around 10 p.m., there were still several hundred African American voters waiting to vote. "I saw people standing in two inches of rain, for hours," says Darrah, angry but inspired. "And I only saw one person walk away."

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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