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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 09:35 PM

Wash. secretary of state (R) warns 1.1 million voters they 'don't appear to be registered'

Source: The Stranger

The Washington Secretary of State's office mailed out 1.1 million postcards to eligible voters this week notifying them that they "don't appear to be registered" to vote, generating confusion and suspicion from thousands of recipients who are in fact registered.

State co-director of elections Shane Hamlin confirms that his office has received about 1,100 phone calls over the past week from concerned registered voters who erroneously received the postcard, a number that suggests that thousands more registered voters must also have received the card. But Hamlin defends the mailing as an effort to promote voter registration education: "It's intended to be an outreach," explains Hamlin, "not an attempt to scare people way."

... But the office's good intentions don't satisfy Kathleen Drew, the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State. "It is clear that this is something that should not be happening 46 days before an election day," Drew wrote in a statement released today. "It is confusing to voters and I urge the Secretary of State's office to do whatever they can do to correct this error without any further delay."

The error occurred when the Secretary of State's office cross-referenced the drivers license database with the voter registration database, matching on first name, last name, and birth date. Subject to some further eligibility screenings, postcards were mailed to people found in the former but not in the latter.

Read more: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/09/21/secretary-of-state-erroneously-notifies-thousands-of-registered-voters-that-they-are-not

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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 09:48 PM

1. Bullshit. I'd like to know how many of them are Dems. I hope Ms. Drew finds out & nails him.

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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 10:14 PM

2. That is meant to throw up a smokescreen

Suppress the vote scheme. If I get one of those postcards, I am going to take it to Olympia and make them eat it!!

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