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Another Federal Boondoggle Is Disenfranchising Thousands of Voters


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: The Help America Vote Act, voter identificaton, voter disenfranchisement, Supreme Court, felons, political chaos )

RC
- 2006 days ago - washingtonpost.com
The Help America Vote Act was supposed to help states upgrade voting equipment & centralize electronic record-keeping in an effort to streamline voter eligibility verification. But like so many government initiatives, this one has gone horribly awry.



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RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 5:55 am
All across America, people are being misidentified, not identified, incorrectly labeled as felons or unregistered aliens and otherwise eliminated from voter eligibility rolls. The mix-ups cross party lines and affect the the poor, the middle class and the rich. Judges and hairdressers, politicos and trash haulers are suddenly discovering their right to vote is imperiled. The legislation that Congress passed in 2002 is hurting more than helping as voting officials scramble to try straighten it all out before the big day at the polls.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 6:45 am
Somehow this does not surprise me at all. Thanks Cate.
 

Judith Jaehn Jaehn (199)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 9:14 am
This is awful, just awful! Will they ever be able to do anything right? Noted! Thank you Cate!
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 9:52 am
I hate it. On my planet we are going to have no government.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 10:38 am
ty noted
 

. (0)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 12:00 pm
This ain't the first time it happen, Good english hua? lol!!! It don't matter because ain't is in the dictionary ain't it? lol!!! Thanks Cate lol!!!! Hugs oooppppsss and that means that this ain't going to happen again this year for more than likly it will.
 

Deborah Hooper (59)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 12:07 pm
I was just talking about this yesterday with another absentee voter as we stood in line at the Post Office to mail our ballots. We both agreed, COUNT ALL THE VOTES!

My suggestion, write your states, Atty. General and tell them to count all the votes no matter how long it takes. If the Supreme Court interferes this time there should be revolting in the streets, it is not in their jurisdiction to decide. Actually, if they try to call it and every vote hasn't been counted, there should be a revolt in the streets all over the land.

Counting should be postponed until everyone who wants to vote, but has been purged for what ever reason, gets to vote. Sort it all out before the count.
 

Deborah Hooper (59)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 12:09 pm
Sorry, that should have been, Secretary of State, but you can write your Attorney General and Governor too.
 

Deborah Hooper (59)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 12:25 pm
Here is what I sent to my Secretary of State.

Dear Secretary Brunner,

As a voter, whose right to vote has never been in question, I implore you to not count any votes until all, whose right is in question, has been verified and been able to vote. I also urge you to contact all voters, whose right to vote is in question at this time and get their help to remedy the situation. Everyone who has the right and wants to vote should vote, and be counted.

It disappoints me that this comes up within the last minutes before the election, every time. Get this straightened out before the last minute. Send out cards to each voter for them to bring with them to the polls, a voter ID card. I have one, sent to me years ago by my BOE, in Hancock county. It is now in tatters, but I still carry it. More has to be done to guarantee every persons right to vote. Everything should be done to guarantee a fair and accurate process, also.

Thank You,
Deborah Hooper


We are America. We set the standard for freedom. If we can't carry out honest elections, then no one can, and Democracy is just a wonderful idea.
 

Andrew Russell (25)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 2:54 pm
Isn't this what ACRON is supposed to help?
 

Andrew Russell (25)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 2:55 pm
I'm sorry, I meant ACORN.
 

Sandy V. (91)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 3:32 pm
Do any of you remember when Bush put his friend in charge of computer voting after the last election. No one said a damn thing even though the newpaper pointed out the guy was a Republican and could change votes. NOT A WORD FROM A SINGLE SOUL. This was a reason I wasn't too surprised when the crap started to fly. We all know the last 2 elections were rigged and yet here we are again. I agree! LET EVERYONE VOTE AND LET GOD SORT IT OUT AFTER THE ELECTION! THE POTUS doesn't take office for almost 3 months after that so we could clear it all up. I have been an absentee voter for many years, same address, same drivers license but still check to see if I am discounted after the first Bush election. FELONY status should be judged by federal stats and not state, cause as i said, some of these felonies have been upgraded from a misdomeanor. Some felonies in our state are a joke for a non violent,non theft status. Sure, rape, murder, bank robbery and major crimes should still be a felony. I am talking about pot busts for having a bare minimum over legal standards, or the charge of growing pot for distibution if you are a cancer sufferer. They are just now trying to figure the legal "amount of use" but guess what! It isn't the doctors, pain specialists, hospitals to set the amount. the governor asked the damn cops to set the limit. Everyone suffers from something different, in different places with different degrees of pain or vomitting or starvation. We need a federal guildline to stop these idiots from calling crap on misdemenors. I won't get into the Acorn thing again. But something must be done to stop the crap and fine anyone that makes mistakes on elegiblility. this was the job of our sec. of state and until 8 years ago, he did a fine job. Now the state is sending ballots to known felons. Everyone is in the computer so what is so hard about cross checking other than laziness and the Republican party? Since it seems to be MAINLY directed at Democrats, you can only guess who is up to diry games AGAIN AS IN THIS IS THE 3RD PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Again, Acorn only collects signatures and by law MUST turn every single one in. It is not up to them to sort thru them although they have flagged many to check as a courtesy. Also, when you have unknown employees in every state of the union, how are you going to police them and that is the reason for the law that you must turn in every single one. Common sense people, common sense.
 

Louise L. (48)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 4:12 pm
I just read in the Houston Chronicle that Texas decided to leave deceased folks on the voting rolls; wonderful! They are asking for fraud. Everyone assumes McCain will take Texas because of our Republican (shiver) governor, but wait: after they counted all the handwritten ballots from South Texas, Obama had won the primary. How do you spell another Florida? T-E-X-A-S? Good post, Ombretta.
 

Ken S. (38)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 4:44 pm
The sheer blatant corruption perpetrated on the voting rolls is breathtaking.....it is a farce....so much for being a democracy when the will of the people is being denied by corrupt officials, both government and party. If there is not a change of party in this election, I doubt that any person out side the US would consider the US a democracy....more a dictatorship....it has become SSSssssoooooooooooo obvious.
 

Denice G. (45)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 10:25 pm
DISGUSTED once again.
 

CHRISTIAN RYAN (11)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 12:28 am
DONT FORGET FRIENDS THE DAMN SORRY FAKE MACHINES CAME FROM BUSHES BUDDY MADE RIGHT HERE IN SILICON ALLEY AUSTIN TEX CHRIS
 

Susan H. (338)
Friday October 24, 2008, 9:35 am
Noted in sadness and disgust! Thanks Cate ;.)
 
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