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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-08 12:40 PM
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9. Illegal Purges
States' purges of voter rolls appear illegal - New York Times

States' purges of voter rolls appear illegal
By Ian Urbina
New York Times
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.

.... because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, any heightened screening of new applications may affect their partys supporters disproportionately. The screening and trimming of voter registration lists in the six states Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.

The six states seem to be in violation of federal law in two ways. Some 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. Some of the states are improperly using Social Security data to verify registration applications for new voters.

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.

Please read the entire article at:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27093919/page/2 /
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