VOTER ALERT: Don’t Take No For An Answer

PLEASE EMAIL THIS INFORMATION TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

A new report by a nonpartisan public policy and law institute, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, reveals that the cleaning up of voter rolls often results in eligible voters being wrongly removed. (And that’s in addition to the scams that remove voters).

Red Flag on Purging Voter Rolls

by: Pia Malbran, CBS News Tuesday 30 September 2008

New York – With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new report, obtained exclusively by CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian, raises serious questions and exposes flaws in the way states maintain their voter registration rolls.

States and counties regularly update their voter registration rolls for accuracy, removing people who have moved, died, or committed a felony. It is known as “voter purging.”

But the new report by the non-partisan public policy and law institute, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, provides troubling new insight into the process. There are no national standards and as a result, the cleaning up of voter rolls is not as precise as it should be and eligible voters are often wrongly removed. The Brennan report calls the nationwide process “chaotic,” “shrouded in secrecy”, “riddled with inaccuracies”, “prone to error” and “vulnerable to manipulation.”

“What’s wrong with the process is it’s happening in secret. It’s happening with no accountability,” Michael Waldman, the center’s executive director, told CBS News. “Officials are making tons of errors, and voters aren’t given a chance to correct the errors,” he said.

Waldman also says some voters will show up on Nov. 4 who are supposed to be registered to vote and will be told they are not listed that way. If that happens, he says, “don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Cast a provisional ballot and call a voter hotline.”

(Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE;  (1-866-687-8683) (Spanish language: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA). Take this hotline number with you to the polls in case you run into problems voting).

The numbers of purges that occurred are hard to uncover and often are not known until after an election. But the report cites several controversial purges this year so far. For example, in Muscogee County in Georgia, the report says, a county official purged 700 people from voter lists for criminal convictions. Many of the people who received letters informing them of the purge, however, had never even received a parking ticket. In Mississippi, a local election official recently discovered that another official had wrongly purged 10,000 voters ‘from her home computer.”

The reasons for wrongly purging eligible voters ranges from clerical errors to mistakes in matching names, addresses and criminal histories. Waldman says there’s a ‘huge potential for partisan mischief” and manipulation.

Another study, by the group U.S. PIRG, released last week, also looked at the issue of voter purging and discovered that 19 states are ignoring a federal law banning systematic purges within 90 days of a federal election. The 19 states include battleground states of Colorado, Ohio and Nevada.

As a solution, the Brennan Center recommends that in the future the government implement a nationwide universal voter-registration system. Waldman said: “When you register once, you stay registered. The government keeps the list. You can prevent fraud. You can prevent people who aren’t eligible from voting. But everybody who’s eligible gets to vote.”

Doing something like this could add up to 50 million more people to the voter rolls every year.  He said: “Every eligible citizen should know that on Election Day they can show up to vote, without worrying whether their name’s on the list.”

RE-REGISTER TODAY IF YOU’RE IN DOUBT WHETHER YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!

More Voting Information HERE.

(Thanks to TheBruceBlog for this alert… pssst… pass it on.)

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7 thoughts on “VOTER ALERT: Don’t Take No For An Answer”

  1. I saw one of you comments on someone elses site…Sorry though he or she won’t post my comment. And that person is the one who is bitching about 30 more days of smear campaigne ads by Mc Cain and Palin.
    I told them that I am not a democrat or a republican. And that I refuse to pick or choose a party and reading their article (listening to them) is the reason why I don’t belong to a party.
    I told them to wake up and smell the coffee: Both parties and all the canidates (even the vp’s) all have been slinging smear (bending the truth or just outright lies).
    And I also gave them a piece of advise: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…for they were sling smear in their article.
    That advice might fit you as well seeing your comment you left on it. As for Palin in the debate, I thought she did real well seeing she isn’t from Washington DC at all. I didn’t think she degraded me at all and I am a woman. You degraded her and me if all you think of women as sex objects.
    Hopefully, you will have the nerve to allow this comment for the other party doesn’t. Thank you

  2. Cats – I agree this is muy important. I’m going to post this in the next couple of days.

    We MUST pass this on! Voters must be informed.

    That’s why Obama is encouraging all his supporters to early vote. I’m voting next week.

    I know one person who went to early vote last week and they told her something was wrong with her voter registration information, luckily she had time to re-register.

    There will be lots of trickery and gimmicks – EARLY VOTE everyone. Vote BEFORE November 4th – your vote WILL count; they are safety nets in place.

  3. lizzygram – you are free to feel denigrated if that is what suits you. As a woman, I find flirtations by a political candidate to be offensive to me.

    Woman have worked very hard at being recognized as equals in the work place and have had to fight against sexual stereotypes by the men that they work with. When a woman is flirtatious, as Palin was on Thursday night with her winks at the audience, it underminds all the hard work that women have done to be seen as equals in the work place. Palin just reinforced the “sexual stereotype” by her flirtatious behavior.

  4. I guess it is the way you look at things. I didn’t see it as flirting at all. I saw it as connecting with the average Joe Six Pack’s of this country, including me.
    That is one of the problems in this country…People are so quick to judge others…Don’t accept Palin’s flirting, as you saw it. I take it, you are a democrat, and if so..let me ask you this. Why should any american accept Former President Bill Clinton’s sexual behavior in the Oval Office of the White House? Of course, a democrat…would see nothing wrong with that…open your mind before leaping to others morals.

  5. There is no thread on this website that would indicate acceptance of former President Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehavior so you are making an assumption that Democrats see nothing wrong with this which is a false assumption.

    I, too, am an average American and I don’t believe that “Joe Six Pack” is any more average than any other Main Street American. We are all Americans. I do consider “winking” to strangers as flirtatious. If it isn’t flirtatious, then it indicates a hidden agenda or a lie as in “wink, wink, you know what I really mean”.

    I also wrote about “small towns”. You might be interested in reading this, too.
    https://pennsylvaniaforchange.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/small-town/

    I realize that you really are a Republican at heart and I want you to know that you are welcomed here. I may not be able to convince you to vote for Barack Obama, but realize, you won’t be changing anyone’s minds here either.

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