Andy Cobb’s hysterical election coverage from Ohio (video)

A wonderful new video from Second City’s funniest man, and my friend Andy Cobb, who decided to go to Ohio and see just how long the lines were for voting. And what did he find? The lines were hours-long in black neighborhoods, yet only 10 minutes long in white ones.

It’s a great video, only 5 minutes long. One of Andy’s best, I’d say. Funny, moving, important. Watch it, below:


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  • Domino

    This made me smile and that is good.

  • Lalock

    I just googled Jesse Jackson Cuyahoga County. He was here on Monday, November 5. Polls weren’t open. That long line was for early voting, when the only place you can vote is at the Board of Elections. Any white voters who wanted to vote that day would have been in that exact same line. The shorter line he went to was in another county entirely. No one in Cuyahoga County could have avoided that line on Monday. If those voters had waited until Election Day to vote, they could have gone to their local polling center.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Okay but why would people line up for hours at that one place if they could line up for only ten minutes in their own neighborhood – that doesn’t make sense, there has to be something else going on here.

  • Lalock

    Not to be a party pooper, but this video is a little misleading. He’s outside the Board of Elections at the corner of 30th & Euclid in Cleveland, which is the only place in Cuyahoga County where ANYONE can go to vote, no matter where you live in the county. That’s why there’s a long line there.

    However, there were more that 460 voting locations throughout the county where you could vote in your own neighborhood. I worked at a very busy polling location in an area with a high-density population, and there was never more than a 20 minute wait, even at the busiest times of our day. But you had to live in our specific ward and precinct. If you don’t know where your polling place is, and didn’t feel like looking it up (or having a poll worker look it up for you), you can just go to the BOE and vote there.

  • Jafafa Hots

     Because it has been proven that you can switch thousands of votes without detection with access to just one voting machine with a forged card? On Florida machines they proved this, yet.

    The only way electronic voting can EVER be accepted is if the software is 100% open source, backed by strong controls and audit trails of not just the votes, but of the software, firmware updates, etc. but also all access to the machines by anyone, ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Coleman/100001217693049 Thomas Coleman

    Indeed, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Coleman/100001217693049 Thomas Coleman

    Meanwhile, in Bel Air and Brentwood . . . “In true Luxe fashion . . . a unique voting experience.”

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Bel-Air-Hotel-Offering-Luxury-Voting-Experience-Los-Angeles-Luxe-Sunset-177492531.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Coleman/100001217693049 Thomas Coleman

    As Houston consumer reporter Marvin Zindler — played by Dom Deluise in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” — famously (and repeatedly) opined: “It’s HELL to be poor!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJObxxYaHpI

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yeah, I still don’t get why this entire thing isn’t electronic.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I know me too, he always cracks me up.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In the spirit of finding humor, today’s Sinfest entry is especially apropos.

    http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4446

  • Guest

    It is funny.  But the conduct of elections in many places in this country is a cruel farce and makes us the laughing-stock of the world.  Banana republics can conduct elections better than we can, and I wouldn’t be surprised if, in some circumstnaces, their results are more reliable.  It’s time to put an end to this opportunistic, frat-boy and incompetent nonsense.  It doesn’t take rocket science to provide enough polling places, voting devices and supervision. 

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “quietly, grumpily, and because they have to”

    That made me yelp.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Making people wait in long lines in Dem-heavy districts was just one of the many overt voter suppression techniques used by Republicans in this election. Let’s not forget the partisan voter purges, pointless voter ID laws, the reports of polling place intimidation by ‘True the Vote’ partisans, and the electronic machine irregularities.

    This is why we need non-partisan national rules and 100% transparency in our voting process.

  • hollywoodstein

    also too, filibuster reform. Bring out the cots and the phone books. Make them own it on teevee. No more form letters or hostage taking by a bunch of red states with smaller population than L.A.

  • FLL

    So many problems and opportunities for corruption have accumulated over the past few decades that it seems like the country needs a new voting rights act. There shouldn’t be any complaints about ensuring sane voting procedures at the federal level because the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was itself a federal law. No complaints from wingnuts, please.

  • hollywoodstein

    There oughta be a law…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    That’s exactly what we need.

    1. National standards on ballot and ballot-place availability, including lots of early voting hours and days.
    2. Standardized ballot designs that maximize accuracy and reduce spoilage.
    3. Rules on regaining the right to vote after serving a prison term.
    4. Absolutely non-partisan election processes, most especially including secure, transparent operation of voting machines and the vote counting.
    5. Easy voting registration, including for those folks who do not have the ‘traditional’ documentation to prove name or birthplace.
    6. We ought to look into the feasibility of allowing people in a given state or locale to vote at any open polling location.

  • hollywoodstein

    By the way, we have to fix that.  Best line of the night.

  • Not_Phyllis

    And get rid of Citizens United.

  • HolyMoly

    Excellent video. Comedy has always been a very powerful form of social commentary, and Andy exposes the ugly truth without ranting. And I think the minority voters in this video are great for showing up and waiting anyway. It’s too obvious what’s going on there to EVER be explained away as a “coincidence” that predominantly minority districts are unprepared for high volume turnout, while “coincidentally” white suburbs never encounter the same issues. The state knew ahead of time, and has always known, the sort of resources required for each precinct, so there’s no excuse for having it turn out the way it has. Something DOES need to be done. Federal regulation of federal elections is not too much to ask for.

    This is off topic from the post, but what’s up with Florida? Being on the East Coast, they’re always among the first to end polling on Election Day, but it seems that for several elections now (at least since 2000), they’re always one of the last — if not THE last — to finalize results. They should be one of the first to report. Do I chalk this up as incompetence? Is it the reluctance of a Republican-dominated regime to add salt to Romney’s wound by reporting what appears to be an obvious Obama victory? Are they still trying to find ways to alter the vote count, even though it makes no difference at this point? I thought the newfangled eelektronik votin’ contraptions would be able to tabulate all votes instantly, in real time. Heck, it took them just a few hours to tabulate 97% of the vote. Why in the HELL is it taking them another 24+ hours to tabulate the remaining 3%?

  • Chathamization

    We’re going to have to focus more on local races. We can see what happens when reactionaries take power in a state.

  • FLL

    As it stands now, every sleezebag Republican governor can use his power to make voting difficult to impossible for people in minority precincts. Only national standards for voting can change that. At the beginning of his victory speech, Obama said:

    “Whether you voted for the first time, or waited in line for a very long time—by the way, we have to fix that…”

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