Voter ID measures have mostly been blocked. But there are plenty of other hijinks that have liberals on edge for Election Day.
A few months ago, Democrats were convinced that voter ID laws were Republicans' secret plan to steal the election. But as Election Day nears, these and other allegedly suppressive efforts -- from Florida's attempt to purge voter rolls to Ohio's move to restrict early voting to Pennsylvania's strict voter ID law -- have mostly fizzled, thanks largely to legal challenges from the Justice Department, the Obama campaign, and outside groups.
But that doesn't mean the left is feeling at ease about Election Day. If anything, liberals are more alert than ever to the potential for various forms of intimidation that could depress turnout.
There were the mysterious billboards that went up in cities in Ohio and Wisconsin a few weeks ago warning of harsh legal penalties for voter fraud. (After the billboard company took them down, they were revealed to be funded by a pair of GOP donors in Wisconsin.) There were the fake letters on official-looking letterhead in Florida notifying people they'd have to prove their citizenship to vote.
There were mailers in Ohio and Arizona listing the wrong election date. There were robocalls telling Virginians they could vote by phone for convenience. In Pennsylvania, despite the voter ID law being blocked in court, the state kept putting up posters and sending mailers telling people they would be "required to show photo ID on Election Day." In Wisconsin, Romney campaign poll watchers are being trained with misleading information (though not outrageously so).