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Wed Mar 30, 2016, 01:28 PM

Bag Filled With Voter Registration Forms, Personal Info Found Abandoned In East Bay Park

"A Concord man says he found a bag filled with voter registration forms containing the personal information of two dozen residents while walking his dog near the Pleasant Hill BART station.

Easter Sunday morning, Bob Ericson of Concord was walking his dog on the Iron Horse trail near the BART station when he spotted the bag stuffed full of stacks of paperwork.

“It was already open and the forms were pulled out. I read the top line and it said “voter registration form,” Ericson said.


“These people would have showed up on Election Day ready to vote, and unable to because their forms had not been processed. It would have been terrible,” he said.

Assistant Contra Costa County Registrar Scott Konopasek himself saw the Facebook posting, and drove to the park to retrieve the bag Sunday. He says it turns out someone stole the bag from a woman at a Starbucks. She’s a signature collector for political campaigns, and while they’re signing, she also encourages them to register to vote – a process that’s perfectly legal.

Apparently the thief ditched the bag in the park nearby.

“Twenty four valid registrations that appear to have been unprocessed,” Konopasek said."

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/03/29/bag-filled-with-voter-registration-forms-personal-info-found-abandoned-in-east-bay-park/

Please check to make sure you are registered to vote and your party affiliation is correct!

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Reply Bag Filled With Voter Registration Forms, Personal Info Found Abandoned In East Bay Park (Original post)
NWCorona Mar 2016 OP
arcane1 Mar 2016 #1
highprincipleswork Mar 2016 #2
kgnu_fan Mar 2016 #3
woodsprite Mar 2016 #4
mhatrw Mar 2016 #5
MineralMan Mar 2016 #6
bettyellen Mar 2016 #7
MineralMan Mar 2016 #8
bettyellen Mar 2016 #9
MineralMan Mar 2016 #10

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 01:33 PM

1. I'm checking mine regularly until primary day! n/t

 

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 01:33 PM

2. Please check CA registration. You can do this online. It is easy to do.

 

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 01:38 PM

4. When I first read the headline, I thought "Someone must have dropped them

making a doughnut run." Then I saw they were stolen from someone at a Starbucks.

I've been telling all my relatives to check their registration and make sure it comes up with the correct info.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 01:45 PM

5. So David Brock is now stealing backpacks?

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 02:46 PM

6. That's why I've always registered for myself.

On the other hand, I've registered hundreds of voters over the years. Every one of those forms got turned in, even the Republicans who registered. I'm completely non-partisan when it comes to voter registration. I believe everyone should be registered to vote and should vote in every election.

I'm funny that way.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 02:48 PM

7. A lot of my registrations got thrown away- our county is a corrupt as our town. We shuttled people

 

over to the county for court orders. There should be an easier way to get in the system.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 02:53 PM

8. I have never lived in such a place.

So, I can't really comment intelligently on what you said. Everywhere I've lived, turning in registration forms to the county clerk got those people registered to vote. I do voter registration as part of my canvassing during election years, and in my own precinct, wherever I have lived. I've seen those people at the polling place on election day.

I'm pretty distinctive looking, so people remember meeting me. Many people say hello to me at the polling place and thank me for helping them register to vote.

I don't think I could live in a place like you describe without fighting such a county clerk tooth and nail. I wouldn't tolerate such behavior on the part of a county official. I'd bring suit, if I had to.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 03:00 PM

9. We have had suits brought, the FBI involved, endless campaigns against it. It is very hard to prove

 

to their satisfaction. We really thought the FBI video taping the same group going from one polling place to another, and then to a third would clinch it, but we never found out why there was no follow up.

Here it is both a city problem, and a state wide one, and has been like this for a hundred years. A mayoral candidate said it "would be awful if your building burned down" after I turned down a job to work for him. Guess what- the police did not care. No one would touch him. The fix was in for him. His father in law had his hands on voting booths and we could not get anyone to sequester them. The bag of dirty tricks is deep when there are millions of dollars at stake.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 30, 2016, 03:02 PM

10. In what state is this awful situation happening?

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