Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Republicans are at it again

Nearly 600,000 voters subjected to possible caging in Ohio.

Ohio election officials are sending out a mass mailer stamped "do not forward" to all registered voters today (Sept. 5) with an absentee ballot application and other important notices for Nov. 4.

What's important here is not so much what's going out as what's being returned to sender.

Unbeknownst to the would-be recipients, the same mailer - just 60 days before the election - has the potential to determine their eligibility to vote, challenged not by election officials but by partisan opposition.

A similar mailer in March netted nondeliverable mail from almost 600,000 registered voters in just five Ohio counties who could now have their ballots thrown out for voting under the wrong address.

The National Voter Registration Act prohibits any state from purging names from the voting rolls within 90 days of an election.

The law doesn't, however, preclude mass partisan challenges on or shortly before Election Day - known as voter caging - based on the same returned envelopes from state-sponsored mailers like the ones in Ohio and others going out across the country.

5 comments:

Count Istvan said...

Let's see we can work that much harder

fight back

or

bitch about getting stolen.

My money's on the bitching. It's easier to bitch than it is to work or fight.

Count Istvan said...

My motto this year is no excuses. We get the job done or we don't.

et said...

no excuses

Absolutely, Count. I remember being furious when Kerry completely folded on contesting the count in Ohio in 2004.

Thankfully the Internet is a different and more mobilizable animal this time than last. Time for a "surge" of our own, wherever needed....

Count Istvan said...

if Palin or McCain are wired during the debates do Obama or Biden call them on it?

et said...

Dammit, I sure hope so! You could hide a mountain of microphones in that up-do, for a start.

In all seriousness, the failure of ANYBODY to cry foul at Dubya's hard-wiring is demoralizing at best and I can't even think of the right words for what it is at least.

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