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The Vote Grab: Voter purge could swing result to McCain October 29, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in McCain, News, Obama, Politics, Voting.
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Courtesy The Independent (UK)

Around 13 million US voters have been purged from the electoral rolls since 2004. That’s 10 per cent of the 120 million votes cast in 2004 and twice as many voters as have been added through recent massive voter registration drives.

The proportion of electors dropped from the voters’ lists is staggering: 17 per cent in Colorado, 15 per cent in Washington State, 14 per cent in New York, 13 per cent in Nevada and 10 per cent   in Missouri.

This means that millions of Americans will not be allowed to vote on 4 November. It could cost Barack Obama the White House, even if he is ahead in the opinion polls on 4 November.

This sensational claim is confirmed by the New York Times (NYT). Its researchers have found that in some states for every new voter registered in the last couple of months, two voters have been removed – negating Obama’s massive voter registration drive. This voter purging could mean fewer people voting in 2008 than voted in 2004.

In Colorado, for example, which has seen a significant population increase since the last presidential election, the state has recorded a net loss of nearly 100,000 voters from its rolls since 2004.

The NYT also reports that Louisiana, Michigan and Colorado are deletingregistered voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election, which is illegal except when voters die, notify the authorities that they have moved out of state, or have been declared unfit to vote.

Deleting voters who have died or moved inter-state accounts for only some of this purge. The NYT discovered that in Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan the number of people removed from the election rolls since 1 August exceeds the number who may have died or relocated during that period by 300 per cent to 400 per cent. And people who have failed to vote in two or more previous elections are being dumped from the voter rolls, often without being informed. They may decide to vote this time, but when they turn up at the polling booths they will find their names erased and their eligibility voided.

Meanwhile, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia areimproperly using the less reliable Social Security database to verify registration applications for new voters, instead of using the more accurate and up-to-date state and local records.  Vote applicants whose Social Security data doesn’t match their electoral registration data are being denied the right to vote.

According to analysis by the NYT:

Under federal law, election officials are supposed to use the Social Security database to check a registration application only as a last resort, if no record of the applicant is found on state databases, like those for driver’s licenses or identification cards.

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