Nationally Syndicated Media Personality Tom Joyner to Testify Before Congressional Panel On ‘Lessons Learned’ from 2008 Presidential Primaries

Kevin Ross | Posted Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 - Category: URBAN


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Nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner will testify on Wednesday before a congressional panel investigating thousand s of reported voting irregularities that included the lack of voting machines, poorly trained precinct workers and a run on ballots at polling places across the country this year.

More than 10,000 irregularities were cited by callers to the 1 866 MYVOTE1 Hotline, a joint project between the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the NAACP National Voter Fund, during the political primaries and caucuses since January.

Joyner will testify with other voting rights activists before the Committee on House Administration hearing, “2008 Presidential Primaries & Caucuses ““ What Lessons Have We Learned,” at 11:30am EDT April 9th in 1309 Longworth House Office Building. The committee, which has responsibilities over federal elections, is chaired by Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-PA). Other panelists will be Greg Moore, executive director of the NAACP National Voter Fund; John Bonifaz, executive director of Voter Action, and Cecilia Martinez, executive director of The Reform Institute.

The hearing will be web cast live at http://cha.house.gov.

“I’m so proud of my listeners who have taken the time to register to vote and call us to let us know what’s going on,” said Joyner, whose radio show reaches more than 8 million listeners in more than 115 markets. “This hearing is a chance to let Congress know that voters around the country are really excited and involved in this year’s election, and that they want to vote without having any issues.”

The nation’s largest voter hotline, a joint project between the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the NAACP National Voter Fund, has received more than 40,000 calls since it launched in January. More than a quarter of the calls have been voicemail messages from voters reporting a wide range of problems, including the lack of voting machines or ID verification machines at polls, poorly trained and prepared precinct workers and polling places that ran out of ballots. The other calls were requests for voter registration forms or the location of polls.