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Kokonoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-08 02:32 AM
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Voter Database Glitches Could Disenfranchise Thousands
Voter Database Glitches Could Disenfranchise Thousands
By Kim Zetter

http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2008/09...

This year marks the first time that new, statewide, centralized voter-registration databases will be used in a federal election in a number of states.

The databases were mandated in the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which required all election districts in a state or U.S. territory to consolidate their lists into a single database electronically accessible to every election office in the state or territory.

"One of the big problems is that states just haven't been very transparent about how they're operating their new database," says Dan Tokaji, law professor at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. "So it's really hard to tell how this is going to play out. A few states have implemented overly stringent matching rules, the consequence of which could be that some citizens' votes don't get counted."

Several states have begun comparing databases for duplicate records of existing voters, then purging voters they believe have moved and registered in another state. The problem, Slater says, is the methods used can yield false positives, and officials are deleting voters without contacting them to verify that they've moved, or waiting for two federal election cycles to pass, which are requirements under the National Voter Rights Acts of 1993.


more at http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2008/09...
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