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Purging the voter rolls in GA

Back in September, we talked about the process of purging voter rolls because of mismatched information.  This is the process being used in several swing states to match a voter’s registration info against computerized personal identification info, like social security info or driver’s license info.  As we mentioned then, if a data entry person, keying thousands of bits of data per day, keys a person’s name wrong by one letter, their registration will be kicked out as invalid and they may not be allowed to vote.

An article Sunday at CNN.com verifies that this is happening in Georgia with, of course, Democratic voters.  (Note:  I have yet to see evidence that this ever happens to Republican voters.)  I encourage you to read the full article.  I’ll extract here the story of college senior Kyla Berry, who was looking forward to voting in her first election:

College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

“This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote,” a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.

But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it. 

The letter, which was dated October 2, gave her a week from the time it was dated to prove her citizenship. There was a problem, though — the letter was postmarked October 9.

“It was the most bizarre thing. I immediately called my mother and asked her to send me my birth certificate, and then I was like, ‘It’s too late, apparently,’ ” Berry said.

Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been “flagged” because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.


So someone like Kyla Berry will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot when she votes, but it’s up to county election officials whether those ballots would actually count.

Berry says she will try to vote, but she’s not confident it will count.

“I know this happens, but I cannot believe it’s happening to me,” she said. “If I weren’t allowed to vote, I would just feel like that would be … like the worst thing ever — a travesty.”

We all know what happens to these provisional ballots:  they get trashed.  They do not count … ever.  So, no, Ms. Berry, you won’t be able to vote. 

For information on what you can do about voter suppression and voter fraud and what you need to do before and as you vote, see A little bit on voting.

Note:  As I write this, I’m listening to Obama speak to a crowd in PA.  He’s reminding us that we have to keep going.  Speaking in the rain and calling on the post office’s motto, he’s saying, ‘whether rain, or sleet, or snow, we’re gonna keep going; we’re gonna see this through.’  Vote, people.  No matter what the polls say, no matter how confident the folks around you, vote.  The polls are only good if backed up by votes.  VOTE.

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It comes earlier every time

Doesn’t it seem like Halloween gets here earlier every year?  I swear that as I get older, each holiday gets here before I feel like I’m ready for the last one.  You know what else seems to happen earlier every time?  Political cycles.  We’ve never seen a Presidential election cycle run this long.  And I don’t think we’ve ever seen the dirty polling tricks start this early.  Take this from the Philadelphia Inquirer, h/t the BRAD BLOG:

An anonymous flier circulating in African-American neighborhoods in North and West Philadelphia states that voters who are facing outstanding arrest warrants or who have unpaid traffic tickets may be arrested at the polls on Election Day.

We know this is not a new trick and here we have it again, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it this early.  The Philly.com piece was on 10/2, so the flier had to have been around days before that.  That’s more than 30 days out from election day.  Huh.

Keep your eyes out, people.  I keep saying that this is gonna be a rough one.  It is.

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Voter Suppression Wiki

The good folks (Jack Turner) over at Jack and Jill Politics have launched the Voter Suppression Wiki.  If you register, you’ll be able to edit and update pages and report incidents.  The piece they posted explaining the new Wiki is excellent.  Please go read it and then visit the Wiki and get registerd.  There’s a short video intro there, too.

As I wrote earlier today, this election is going to be one hell of a mess.  Having a central location to track what the hell is going wrong is brilliant and, hopefully, will help.

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November 4?

Will the election really be decided on November 4?  We talked here and here about voter suppression efforts and new rules and regulations that could cause headaches on election day.  This morning, MSNBC is carrying this piece:  Election Day Could Be a Mess .  Their article echoes some of the concerns mentioned here, namely matching voter information, like names, to state databases.  This is going to be an issue, folks, and we are going to have massive problems.  Do not expect an election result when you wake up on November 5.  And expect lawsuits.  This is going to be one hell of a mess.

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