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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 02:05 PM
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Got yer October surprise right here.
Edited on Sun Sep-28-08 02:06 PM by tbyg52
October Surprise: Goverment Computers To Go Offline During Voter Registration Peak

By Wendy Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice. Posted September 25, 2008.

The Social Security Administration, whose databases verify new voter registrations, will be shut down in mid-October for three days for maintenance.

A recent alert by the Social Security Administration announces that the agency plans to shut down its databases for maintenance from October 11 through October 13. While this might not sound like an election issue, it turns out that this could significantly impede registration of first-time voters as well as the re-registration of eligible citizens.

Here's why. A 2002 federal law, the Help America Vote Act, requires all states to "coordinate" their voter registration databases with the Social Security database (and state motor vehicle databases) for the purpose of processing new voter registration forms. For the millions of voters who do not have current driver's licenses and register using the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, state election officials are required to try to match their voter registration information against Social Security records. But if the Social Security database is downas it will be for four daysthey won't be able to do that. Across the country, the processing of these voter registration forms will grind to a halt for four days.


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http://www.alternet.org/democracy/100392/october_surpri... /

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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 02:19 PM
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1. Well, looking at the comments on the KOS version, looks like it's just ordinary stupidity
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/26/181532/033/464/...

But it seems like pretty major stupidity to me. What if something goes wrong and it takes longer than the Columbus Day weekend? What if some places are so overloaded with new registrations that they need to *work* on that weekend?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 02:46 PM
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2. Surprise.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 04:02 PM
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3. Folks, look at the Oct. calendar. It's a 3 day holiday weekend.
It's not 4 days....it's 11-12-13...

Not much is going to happen during that time.

Now, if they f*ck up and can't get it going again, that will be a problem.
Or if they are using the time to erase everyone's name and number or some other such crap...
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 04:22 PM
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4. Right, what I said in reply #1
I still think it's pretty stupid, as I explained in reply #1, and you did in reply #3.... ;)
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