At polls, fears of voter suppression, intimidation

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By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Kimberly Kelley is a registered Republican from Tampa, Fla., and a member of the group Tampa Vote Fair. On Election Day, she plans to join thousands from around the country and of all political stripes to monitor balloting.

Kelley says her group will be on hand to observe, not intimidate. But a member of the group Florida New Majority, Gihan Perera, says its poll watchers want to ensure that people are able to vote with ease.

Polls show a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. A relative handful of votes in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio could make all the difference.

The potential for disruptive crowds of observers at some precincts has sparked fears that voters may be intimidated or harassed.

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