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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:46 PM
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Over 1 million Dems illegally purged from vote rolls in 2004, what about this year?
(as also occurred especially in Florida in 2000)

Today's Crime Against Democracy: Purging of Eligible Voters
> Poorly conceived state policies concerning new statewide voter
> registration databases are driving eligible voters off of the
> rolls, through no fault of their own. Purging based on database
> matching can be unreliable. Voters may be eliminated for such minor
> variations as their middle initial missing from their voter
> registration when compared to their ID. In some cases, these
> purges can be discriminatory, whether by accident, or by design.
> Purged voters often end up voting on provisional ballots. While
> provisional ballots were initially created to ensure that all
> wrongfully purged voters could cast a ballot, they have turned out
> to be a double-edged sword. In some states, they are routinely
> discarded, uncounted. In 2004, fourteen states counted less than
> 1/3 of the provisional ballots cast, with some counting fewer than
> one out of ten ballots: Delaware 6%, Hawaii 7%, Oklahoma 8%.
> Nationwide, over a million citizens who voted on provisional
> ballots in 2004 did not have their vote counted. (NOTE:
> Provisional Ballots will be the subject of an upcoming rap
> sheet report.)

> Of all the strategies used in Florida in the 2000 election,the most
> notorious was the systematic use of overly inclusive scrub lists,
> intending to purge ex-felons from the voter rolls but actually to
> disenfranchise as many Democratsin particular, African-Americans
> as possible. Secretary of State Katherine Harris, through a list
> compiled by DBT/ChoicePoint, named as felons tens of thousands of
> Floridians with clean records, just because they shared a name or
> an address with someone who had done hard time. Harris's office
> then purged the rolls of all those on the list, over 90,000
> citizens, most of them entirely innocent. Nearly 3 percent of
> Florida's eligible black voters were listed. DBT/ChoicePoint's
> error rate was 97%.
> The issue returned to prominence in 2004 when Florida announced
> another planned purge, again based on a list of felons. Accenture,
> a $14 billion company that has made millions doing government jobs,
> was supposed to help Florida create a bulletproof felon voter list.
> But state elections officials scrapped the list after newspaper
> reports reported a flaw that invalidated it and indicated partisan
> bias in its design. The demise of the list, which was three years
> in the making, renews questions about Accenture's strong Republican
> ties and its business practices. In fact, the company's resume is
> littered with connections to drama that the nation's Republican
> leadership would rather forget: Enron, Abu Ghraib and mysterious
> Saudi businessmen. The company, once part of Enron's accounting
> firm, Arthur Andersen, jettisoned the Andersen name in 2001 to
> distance itself from scandal.
>There were still widespread purges in Florida in 2004.
In 2006, reports of problematic, and potentially partisan, voter
roll purges have surfaced in Ohio, California, and WHERE ELSE?
> For additional background information, see:
> Inaccurate Purges of the Voter Rolls: Issue in Brief, <http:/ /
>> ;
> Action and Prevention: Confirm Your Voter Registration Status;
> Research and Report Irregularities in Your State
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spag68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:54 PM
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1. Why does this surprise you,
it's old news.
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