Voter rights

NEW: Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

Originally posted 2008-09-15 10:17:05 -0600 - a subject dear to many of us - standingup

Published this morning the next in what is becoming a series about the GOP's voter suppression tactics this election cycle:

Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

By Eartha Jane Melzer, Michigan Messenger 15-SEP-08

Unfair but "probably" legal, using foreclosure lists provides cheap and effective strategy for McCain campaign

Lose your house, lose your vote -- the latest incursion against voters' rights

Thanks Rayne... this trend is definitely one to watch! -- if anyone is so inclined to buzz the original Michigan Messenger story, here's the buzz link. (originally posted 2008-09-10 02:23:09 -- cho)

Want to make sure this story gets broad coverage across the internet, because this could happen in other states and particularly swing states.

Michigan Republicans plan to foreclose African American voters

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

Research Project: Voting Process and Procedure by State

originally posted 2008-01-26 08:40:23 -1100 - bumped, cho

We are putting together an overview of the voting processes and procedures by state and are asking for help from the community to complete the information. If you would like to help with this project, please send an email to If you already know the information for your state -- or other states -- you can leave the information in the comments, or send an email.

Here is the breakdown of the information we are trying to amass:

  • State Name
  • Who regulates voting - State or County?
  • Type Voting (machine)
  • Voter ID Requirements
  • Has a Voter ID law been challenged (Y/N)
  • SOS website info
  • procedures for provisional voting

Thanks in advance for your help!

Strickland Says Ohio Election System Changes Needed for 08 Presidential Race

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, responding to the findings in a report released last Friday that confirmed serious vulnerabilities exist with Ohio’s pervasive and costly system of electronic voting, said he hopes changes can be made before next year’s race for the White House so it doesn’t turn out to be as flawed and open to criticism as were the two previous elections.