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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-22-08 09:23 PM
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BREAKING: NV SecState rules against GOP vote suppression attempt (UPDATED w/ text)
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Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 02:41:19 PM PDT

Fresh news from the Silver State: the Nevada Secretary of State, Ross Miller, has ruled against efforts by the state Republican Party to deny thousands of registered voters their franchise.

* Califlander's diary :: ::
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As explained in this article from TPM, on Monday, Republican chair Sue Lowden asked the Secretary of State to invalidate the registrations -- and thus the right to vote -- of any Nevadan whose registration information contained errors or was otherwise incomplete. (A copy of Lowden's request is here: PDF) In many instances, of course, the voter may have provided accurate and complete information, but the county election officials transcribed the information incorrectly, while in still other cases the voter may have been responsible for the error.

To the Republicans, such voters should not be permitted to cast their ballots because state law requires "true and satisfactory answers to all questions" on the registration application... particularly if such ballot applications are from Democratic-leaning "urban counties."

The Secretary of State determined, however, that Nev. Rev. Stat. 293.5235(6) requires the county to notify the voter of any deficiency and give them 15 days to correct the error; and that such notice-and-correction can be done at the polls. Thus, a potential Republican tool to disqualify voters has been taken from the GOP arsenal of dirty tricks.

I'll post a copy of the opinion when I get it. Expect a court challenge before the end of the week.

UPDATE As has been pointed out in several comments downthread, the Republicans lost another vote suppression battle today in Indiana. Head on over to this diary by drational for more details.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/22/1752/8930
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