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USF prof says he's a victim of 'suppression' in Tampa



An associate history professor at the University of South Florida claimed Tuesday he was a victim of "voter suppression" by the Hillsborough County elections office.

David K. Johnson, a USF faculty member since 2009 and a registered Democrat, sent an email to the Tampa Bay Times in which he said he arrived at the same polling place in Seminole Heights where he has voted for the past six years. 

"I was just the victim of suppression," Johnson told Times reporter Michael Van Sickler after he was told to cast a provisional ballot. "My vote may or may not be counted. To make sure no illegal votes are counted, they screwed up the rights of legitimate voters." 

Johnson said he went to his precinct on North Florida Avenue where a poll worker found a David Johnson with his birthdate and voter ID number who is registered to vote at an Orlando address.

Johnson got his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2000. The USF website notes that he teaches courses on "Cold War Culture," "Consumer Culture," "The 1960s in American Memory" and "Modern American Social Movements." 

"We're looking into the case of the USF professor," elections spokesman Travis Abercrombie said.

Ironically, Johnson was scheduled to speak on a USF panel discussion Tuesday evening on voter suppression at a BBC Election Watch Party. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:39pm]


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