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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 11:07 AM
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Before Mississippiís March presidential primary, one county election official improperly removed more than 8,000 voters from the eligible-voter rolls, including a Republican Congressional candidate. Fortunately, the secretary of stateís office learned of the purge in time and restored the voters.

Itís disturbing that a single official (who acted after mailings to voters were returned) could come so close to disenfranchising thousands of voters. But voting rolls, which are maintained by local election officials, are one of the weakest links in American democracy and problems are growing.

Some of these problems are no doubt the result of honest mistakes, but in far too many cases they appear to be driven by partisanship. While there are almost no examples in recent memory of serious fraud at the polls, Republicans have been pressing for sweeping voter purges in many states. They have also fought to make it harder to enroll new voters. Voting experts say there could be serious problems at the polls on Nov. 4.

When voters die or move to a new address, or when duplicate registrations are found, a purge is necessary to uphold the integrity of the rolls. New registrations must also be properly screened so only eligible voters get added. The trouble is that these tasks generally occur in secret, with no chance for voters or their advocates to observe or protest when mistakes are made.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/opinion/23thu1.html?t...
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 11:09 AM
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1. In MN, we have Election Day registration at the polls.
That should be done nationally.
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