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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 01:19 PM
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Volusia Co., FL Elections supervisor: GOP challenging votes of foreclosure victims
In Volusia County thousands are newly registered, but may be challenged at polls

By Barb Shepherd and Pat Hatfield

Oct 10, 2008

Volunteers have worked hard across Volusia County to sign up a tidal wave of new voters, but other forces are in play that could push back that surge.
On Oct. 7, Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall told a Chamber of Commerce group that 1,000 people had visited the Elections Office in Downtown DeLand the previous day, the deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 election.


Since Jan. 1, the supervisor noted, 25,000 new voters have registered in Volusia County. They are "overwhelmingly" Democrats, she said.

While the surge of new voters is expected to help Democratic Sen. Barack Obama in his bid for the presidency, the Republican Party is mounting its own counter effort.
McFall told the Chamber group she expects the rights of anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 voters to be challenged in this election.


Thanks to a new law passed by the Florida Legislature, she explained, groups interested in challenging voters now may do so up to 30 days before an election.
Once a voter's right to cast a ballot is challenged, McFall's office must attempt to notify the voter, and must flag the voter's name in the statewide database.
If the problem can't be straightened out at the supervisor's office before Election Day, the challenged voter will be required to vote a provisional ballot, then visit the Elections Office within 48 hours after the election to disprove the allegations of the challenge.

"One party, that we know of, is going to challenge every voter that's being foreclosed on," McFall said.


McFall, a Republican, said afterward the party known to be doing the foreclosure challenges is the Republican Party. A call to the head of the Volusia County Republican Party was not returned

Such activities have sparked lawsuits elsewhere in the country.

By the way, here is that *new law* passed by the Republican Legislature, that allows their cronies to challenge voters as early as 30 days before an election.

Don't let them get away with this, Volusia.

Simply put, Republicans don't want Democrats to vote.

Related thread: Jeb Bush and Republican Legislature blamed for long early voting lines (2006 law)

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Votergater Donating Member (91 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 01:08 PM
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1. Links to new short documentary showing how to over-ride votes on the Diebold GEMS tabulator....
Below are the links to the new 20-minute elections video by the producers/directors of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary film "Hacking Democracy,"

Their new video, "Protecting Democracy" (comprised of Parts I and II) can be seen by clicking on the links below and shows the following:

->Manual-entry screen on the Diebold/Premier voting system that allows vote totals to be easily switched.
->Sarasota citizens' battle for better audits in the Florida Supreme Court, including an attorney for the state arguing that election problems should be kept secret.
->The Volusia County Canvassing Board voting to disobey Florida law.
->Election reform candidate Susan Pynchon, who is running for Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, sparring over citizens' rights with her political opponent, incumbent Ann McFall.
->Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning explaining why Florida has chosen to have "post-certification" audits and why elections should not be "disruptive."



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