Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sinister Goings-On in the Swing States

According to the New York Times, a number of swing states have been purging their voter registration rolls, possibly illegally.

"The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run.

Still, because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, any heightened screening of new applications may affect their party’s supporters disproportionately."

I am not convinced that these purges aren't intentional. We must be vigilant that this type of thing does not end up costing Obama this election. Polls will mean nothing if the people who say they will vote for Obama aren't able to cast their votes.

This may be behind what happened to Enigma, who lives in Ohio and recently checked to see if she was registered and couldn't find her name on the list.

So, well before the election, be sure to double check whether you are on the list of registered voters in your state - even if you have voted in the past and have no reason to think you wouldn't be on the list.


Odessa said...

eeek, this does not look good. this better not be another "florida"

LET'S TALK said...

I hope this doesn't continue as did Florida and Ohio.

Randal Graves said...

Don't worry, whatever voter roll cleanup happens, Diebold will compensate.

Anonymous said...

indeed. vigilance is required.

Comrade Kevin said...

What would help is if we all got involved in driving people to the polls and reporting on our blogs instances of voter fraud like this.

Christopher said...

I've lived in California, Arizona, Maryland and now New York and it has been my experience that state registrars offices mail out voter ID with attached polling location data about 90 days before a General Election.

If you haven't received this information by now, it's your responsibility to go to city hall in person and ask "what's up?"

After the stolen 2000 election, people should know they can't just assume you're on the voter list and then discover you're not and it's too late.

Billie Greenwood said...

Check out Liberality's story. It's a case in point (tho I don't know if she's in a swing state.)