In Some States, for Every Voter Registered, Two are Lost

originally posted 2008-10-08 22:05:34 -- lots of news stories about this happening, see related pieces of Avahome's Nevada ACORN Raid info and Jamess Voter Register commentary, bumped cho

The massive effort to register new Democratic voters appears to be losing ground faster than it's being gained. The significant lead Obama has in the polls makes it appear unlikely the election could be lost to the GOP. But take a few of those votes away - say, a few tens of thousands - and you don't have a safety margin anymore, just theft . Again.

State's Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal
Oct. 8, 2008. The New York Times.

Although much attention this year has been focused on the millions of new voters being added to the rolls by the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama, there has been far less notice given to the number of voters being dropped from those same rolls.

No votes yet


Max Fisher/TNR: Silencing the Students covers the problems students have registering in Virginia. Via ElectionLaw News Wire.

Okay I can see that identification would be helpful...and voters especially in this election cycle throughout the states should carry identification....

Usually, when state election officials check a registration and find that it does not match a database entry, they alert local election officials to contact the voter and request further proof of identification. If that is not possible, most states flag the voter file and require identification from the voter at the polling place.

Yet here we go again with Georgia,USA:

In Georgia, the Justice Department is considering legal action against the state because officials in Cobb and Cherokee Counties sent letters to hundreds of voters stating that their voter registrations had been flagged and telling them they cannot vote until they clear up the discrepancy.

Justice needs to move their butts on this one....

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Aldon Hynes is reporting in with similar tactics in Bridgeport... where he says that 7000 out of 9000 voter registration cards were tossed. Be interesting if anyone is around to do follow up to see if say even half of that 7000 show up to vote and discover that they are not registered. What would that be... 3500 votes lost in one city?

I don't know that I feel any better...Lord knows what they have done in Texas!

Elections officials deny illegally purging voters

Elections officials in several states disputed that any voters were illegally removed from rolls. Michigan elections director Chris Thomas said the state removed only people who have died, notified authorities of a move or who were declared unfit to vote, which is well within the parameters of the law. Thomas said only 11,000 voters were removed from Michigan rolls in August — not 33,000, the figure cited in the report.

"There is no illegal purging going on," Thomas told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Colorado, however, said it would review its practices of "canceling" voters who had moved, died or were deemed otherwise ineligible. Secretary of State Mike Coffman said he asked lawyers to determine if the state's protocols violated a federal ban on "systematic" purging close to an election, but said because people, not computers, were doing the reviews, he believed they were sound. He said nearly 2,500 voters may be restored if the procedure is found to have violated law.......

WooooooHoooo...the KKK must be livid! And to boot this county will be watched until 2012 by the state AG and I do believe the Feds.

If court agrees, Prairie View A&M students' forms must be processed

Waller County officials acknowledged in court papers that they rejected voter registration applications from Prairie View A&M University students through practices the U.S. Justice Department described as violations of federal laws.

Justice officials filed suit in Houston federal court Thursday against the county and Waller Registrar Ellen C. Shelburne. The complaint, alleging voting and civil rights violations, was followed by a consent decree to settle the case.[,,,]

Under Texas law, a person cannot be denied the right to vote because of a registration error or omission if it is not material to the person's qualification to cast a ballot.

According to the consent decree, Waller County officials rejected applications without a ZIP code and registrations that weren't filed on the most current form.

BTW Waller County's voting age population is 52% white & 31% black, per the federal lawsuit. The predominantly black college of Prairie View A&M is their big gag in the county. You'd think they'd appreciate the amount of tax dollars this brings into the county!

Love news like this, thanks avahome!

"So your party is the only party that can save the country from the mess that your party created?" - attrib. Jon Stewart

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

It would be cool if you could start adding all these nice finds into a commentary ... !

Why does it take a court order to make things right?


Georgians whose eligibility to vote has been questioned must be allowed to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 election, a panel of federal judges ruled Monday.

The court also ordered Secretary of State Karen Handel to “make diligent and immediate efforts to notify, in a uniform manner, every person whose voter registration presently remains flagged.” Those voters must be told that they can vote by a “challenged ballot,” if necessary, and that there is a discrepancy in their registration information, the court said. Challenge ballots are typically cast on paper and are set aside and not counted until the discrepancy is cleared up.

ST. LOUIS - An Illinois woman has been charged with submitting false information on voter registration cards, including turning in cards from nursing home residents without their knowledge.

A federal indictment released Monday says 44-year-old Deidra Humphrey of East St. Louis forged voter registration cards to election officials in St. Louis city and county. It charges her with two felony counts of voter registration fraud.

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway's office says Humphrey worked for ACORN and the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition between June and August 2008.