Thursday, October 09, 2008

Eligible Voters at Risk of Removal while Ineligibles Remain

MSNBC GUEST Kenneth Gross Friday October 10

Local officials are not committing fraud in removing ineligible names from voter rolls in need of cleaning since rolls included names due to Motor Voter Act remain on rolls for years and years

Might we add, DECADES...


NYT report

purging not a coordinated effort by Republicans or Democrats


States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal
Published: October 8, 2008
Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.

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...

... States have been trying to follow the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and remove the names of voters who should no longer be listed; but for every voter added to the rolls in the past two months in some states, election officials have removed two, a review of the records shows.

The six swing states seem to be in violation of federal law in two ways. Michigan and Colorado are removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election, which is not allowed except when voters die, notify the authorities that they have moved out of state, or have been declared unfit to vote.

Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio seem to be improperly using Social Security data to verify registration applications for new voters.

In addition to the six swing states, three more states appear to be violating federal law. Alabama and Georgia seem to be improperly using Social Security information to screen registration applications from new voters. And Louisiana appears to have removed thousands of voters after the federal deadline for taking such action.

Under federal law, election officials are supposed to use the Social Security database to check a registration application only as a last resort, if no record of the applicant is found on state databases, like those for driver’s licenses or identification cards.

The requirement exists because using the federal database is less reliable than the state lists, and is more likely to incorrectly flag applications as invalid. Many state officials seem to be using the Social Security lists first.


Updated material

Local 2 Investigates Dead Voters

POSTED: 11:16 am CDT October 9, 2008

Lou Dobbs reports tonight. Thursday October 9, 2008

bogus registrations by ACORN, ripe for fraud.

eligible voters reportedly being removed from voter registration rolls.

Dobbs report skims the surface, but doesn't get to the heart of the potential for problems.

Incompetent county voter registration commissions.

Hire more employees, people. Cut elsewhere and do your duty to provide an accurate voter registration list and hire an Inspector of voter registration to check each and every elector's name new or inactive.

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