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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:28 PM
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Screwing Minority Voters in Florida 2006 – Katherine Harris Style
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 02:52 PM by autorank
The backbone of VOTER SUPPRESSION has always been the registration process – literacy tests, poll taxes, and the like have a long, reliable history of keeping “certain “voters out of the voting booth – namely minority voters and the poor. This year, we’ve got the Help America Vote Act which is set up to push people off the rolls. How? You ask, well read about it below.

Another outrage from the land of Katherine Harris and the famous 2000 Florida Registration Purge. This took over 50,000 black Floridians off the rolls and cost Gore the election. No theory here, it’s a fact.

Stop this now. If you’re in Florida, get this to your local Democratic Party and tell them the deal and ask them to get you an answer.


http://www.advancementproject.org/index.html

For Immediate Release http://tinyurl.com/ltm6h
Contact:
Sabrina Williams 202/728-9557 or 305/904-3960

FLORIDA’S LATEST VOTER SUPPRESSION SCHEME

“NO MATCH. NO VOTE”


(Tallahassee, Florida, September 20, 2006)—Today, Advancement Project and other voter protection groups sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State, Sue Cobb, expressing concern about a state statue which prohibits acceptance of a voter registration application unless the applicant’s identification number matches a number in a statewide database and requires that applicants whose identification number has not been verified to vote by provisional ballot.

Florida matching requirements have been causing problems for thousands of eligible voters. For example, a citizen registering as “William” might not “match” if his driver’s license is issued under “Bill”; a woman’s married name might not match against an outdated database containing her maiden name. Moreover, common data entry errors cause matches to fail. According to court documents in a recent Washington case, one woman was barred from the rolls when her birthday was mistakenly entered into the system as “1976” instead of “1975”.

“This seems eerily reminiscent of the notorious felon purge in 2000, which also attempted to use technology to match 2 different databases, with horrendous results,” said Penda Hair, co-director, Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization. “Florida officials seem determined to commit, in plain sight, 6 weeks before the election, another version of the same vote suppression game.”

Florida Supervisors of Elections have refused to register a large percentage of otherwise eligible registrants based on the state’s purported inability to verify the applicant’s identifying number (i.e. the driver’s license number, social security number, or Florida identification card number.) In a sample of 606 voter registration applications submitted to the Miami Dade Supervisor’s office, Advancement Project and Project Vote found that 135 applicants had not been registered.


According to the codes in the statewide voter registration database, approximately 63 percent of those 135 applicants had not been registered because the state was unable to verify their identification number. Considering only the first-time registrants (i.e. the applicants subjected to this matching requirement) in this sample of 606 applicants, approximately 27 percent were not added to the registration rolls because the state was unable to match their identification number.

“Florida’s law is inconsistent with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and in fact is prohibited by both HAVA and the Voting Rights Act,” said Jennifer Maranzano, staff attorney, Advancement Project. “Florida’s ill-conceived policies concerning new statewide voter registration databases are keeping eligible voters off of the rolls, through no fault of their own.”

Matching an applicant’s registration number with information in a database is an error prone and unreliable process. Both human and computer errors are endemic in the inputting, maintaining, transferring, storing, and matching of data.

For example, a study by Abt Associates determined that in a Florida social services database, as many as 26 percent of the records included city names spelled incorrectly, including forty different spellings of Fort Lauderdale. Moreover, Florida’s matching procedures not only disenfranchise numerous eligible voters but they disproportionately impact certain racial and ethnic groups.


“These sources of error will confront election officials with tens of thousands of bureaucracy-generated mistakes preventing eligible citizens from voting,” continued Maranzano. “Even under the best case scenario, disenfranchisement will be widespread. The only question is how many voters will be denied.”

HAVA requires every state to obtain a unique identifying number for voter registration applicants, but it does not make the “verification” of one’s ID number a pre-requisite for one’s eligibility to vote. As such, Florida should not go beyond its existing methods for determining eligibility, which include requiring that all voters present an ID at the polls.

Advancement Project is asking the state at a minimum to:


• Allow voters whose identification number has not been verified to verify their numbers at the polls by presenting identification to the poll worker. The voter would then vote a provisional ballot that would be counted because the identification number had been verified. Add these voters to the registration rolls because verification of the identifying number was the only factor preventing registration.
• Send a notice to all voters who are on “hold” because of the state’s inability to verify their identification number explaining their right to present identification at the polls.
• Post on the internet a list of all the individuals who are on “hold” status, including their names, address, phone numbers (where this information is available), and the reason they have been placed in this category. Given that this information is public record, there should not be privacy concerns with making this information widely available.


“Florida is relying on computers to accurately identify eligible voters in a way that exceeds the limits of human error in entering data,” concluded Maranzano. “A ‘no match, no vote’ rule will mistakenly reject too many registration applications, too close to the election. If Florida continues down the current path of requiring an ID match as a precondition to registration, a close examination of the intersection between Florida’s current approach and federal laws will be in order.”

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Advancement Project’s core purpose is to develop, encourage, pioneer and widely disseminate innovative ideas and models that inspire and mobilize a broad national racial justice movement so that universal opportunity and a just democracy are achieved.
The organization was founded on the principle that structural racism can be eliminated and a racially just democracy may be attained through multi-racial collective action by organized communities. Advancement Project’s founding team of veteran civil rights lawyers and communications experts have established an organization that informs community organizing with careful legal analysis and strategic communications campaigns. We develop community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.


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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:45 PM
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1. "Katherine Harris sleeps well at night...................with who?" ;) nt
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:58 PM
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3. Greeby, "I'm shocked!" ;) n/t
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:16 PM
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11. I should have clarified
I took that from a video that's out there of Greg Paslast on his book tour in Tampa, I :rofl: when he said it
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:54 PM
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16. We know who and should call PETA immediately.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:46 PM
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19. Which one is Krazy KKKatie and which is the rodent?
It's hard to tell.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 01:55 PM
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29. Actually, one is a marsupial. But both definitely mammals.
Evidently the only two things she has to offer the voters.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:58 PM
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2. This is fucking unconstitutional!
I hope this group gets good and aggresive with these criminals.

Geezus.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:00 PM
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6. Well, I bet * can cook up a retroactive "signing statement."
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 03:01 PM by autorank
The rules mean nothing to these people, except as excuses for their dreadful behavior.

Mark Foley is free, maybe he can do some advocay effort. Oh sure, and then that Abramoff law firm
in Miami can help too. And there's always the Attorney General, whose name is "Christ," I'm sure he'll
be all over this.

Don't worry, we've got it covered.

"All things happen for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Moliere, Candide
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:05 PM
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8. I wish we could find or make an "Elections Hall of Shame"
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 03:05 PM by sfexpat2000
because we're gonna have a LOT of contestants this year.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:55 PM
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23. Garybeck did one a few months ago. It's great. Gary, link us up.
We do need new names and this year will provide a bunch.

My nominee:

Centralized Voter Registration Databases
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 10:58 AM
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26. We need it up on the net and for EB's and SOSs and vendors
to be aware of it.

I did that with community mental health services -- for good service and bad service. We got some nice results. :evilgrin:
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:21 PM
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31. With Choice Point running closely behind
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don954 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:58 PM
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4. please dont use such a big font, it makes it harder to read
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:59 PM
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5. The GOP will use every scheme in order not to surrender control. I only
hope this election there aare enough of us who will not allow another theft.

Auto...as usual you're a rock star! :hi:
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:04 PM
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7. Yep, Ohio was the "new" Florida, now America is the New Ohio&Florida
Just wait...2006, November 7 - hundreds and thousands find out that they can't vote...everywhere...
brought to you by the Help America Vote Act (Stenny and Chris, what will you say about this one ;)
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:15 PM
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10. The question will be what will occur on Nov 8th?
:scared:

that is, if we are even allowed to vote.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:09 PM
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9. There's a new Pew Poll that says that only 30% of Black voters
are "very sure" their votes will be counted. Amy Goodman reported it this morning and it's also here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:18 PM
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12. It was probably done in Ohio and the reason the % is so high is
that is the % who plan to vote for Blackwell in Ohio :sarcasm:

(really! I think it's a F-U to the Dems who failed to live up to their promise to count every vote. and didn't)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:43 PM
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15. You're probably right! They're going after Latinos in L.A.
And students in our Central Valley, too -- making it so easy to vote early by putting touchscreens on campus. So considerate of Mcpherson. :sarcasm:
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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:32 PM
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13. K&R, large type a sight for sore eyes... ; )
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:52 PM
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22. Large is good when it comes to projecting the truth.
Although if there are folksk out there who just can't deal with it, the need to stay away from posts
by a guy named: autorank ;)
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:39 PM
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14. And that ain't the half of it! Think of what a clever computer programmer
could do with this database! Clever little "randomized" switches of 1's and 7's in voter ID numbers, that look like computer data entry mistakes, with a few in Republican areas for cover, but the bulk of them concentrated in black, poor, student and other Democratic precincts. Switches of r with n, and other frequent visual mistakes, and switches of frequent keyboard slips. God! The culprit is not just Republican lawlessness, but also CENTRALIZATION itself, and dependence on electronics, whereby the swiftness and massiveness of fraud are magnified a thousand times, way beyond what individual humans in an elections office or polling place could do.

We've really got to bring back the Luddite movement. ALL electronics in our election system are INHERENTLY BAD. We must return it all to individual, responsible, accountable HUMAN BEINGS, performing each step in the election process in ways that can be SEEN by other HUMAN BEINGS, so that potential fraud is limited in scope, and so that we at least have a CHANCE to catch and prevent it.

And it looks like we're going to have to hold "Mississippi Summer" all over again. 1964, here we come!



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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:55 PM
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17. Seriously, we should just count on it. n/t
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:15 PM
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18. K&R-nt
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:31 PM
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20. K&R
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:32 PM
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21. Who's called the Dems in FL?
Hmmmmmmmm?
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 02:25 AM
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24. .
K&R
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 10:32 AM
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25. This needs a kick or two.
:kick:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 11:09 AM
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27. So, has anyone called the Florida Dems YET?
:)
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 11:19 AM
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28. Although the DNC's cadre of lawyers is gearing up,
much of their focus is on past/known election machinations. I have no doubt this is only the tip of the iceberg.

K&R
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 04:12 PM
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30. kicking
:kick:
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 10:49 PM
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32. Kick(nt)
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