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Common Cause report predicts Florida voter "suppression"

From Florida's "no-match, no vote" law to restrictions on third-party registration groups and drives, thousands of voters could have trouble casting ballots this election in Florida and nine other states.

The whole 108-page report is here: Download VotingIn2008Report.pdf

The report's author, Tova Wang, said Florida is particularly "worrisome" because of its strict standard that could make it tougher for a voter to cast a ballot if his i.d. doesn't exactly match his voter information. She said the state was taking "extraordinary steps" to "suppress" votes. On the other end of the spectrum, she said, Wisconsin wins high marks.

Asked if sloppy work by third-party registration groups would endanger new voters even more, she said "The problem is not third party registration groups. It’s the exact match rule... If there is any little thing wrong with it, it’s going to get tossed back And that’s putting people's voting rights at risk."

More here: Download voting08_florida_press_release.doc

Oops. I misspelled "suppression" in headline.

This from the GOP: “Republicans continue to encourage new voters to register to vote and get involved in our political process, and we suggest that voters check their status with their local supervisor of elections and to pay close attention to the forms they are filling out. The fact is, voters will not be turned away at the polls.  If someone is a qualified voter, he or she will be allowed to vote; if there are any questions on the voter’s status, he or she will cast a provisional ballot.”


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Purple Floridian

I'm sorry, I thought the goal was to have a legal and fair election. Please explain to me how someone who has shown no proof that he or she actually exists should be allowed to vote. Individuals who sign up with third party groups only have to show their ID to them, not to the elections office. Shouldn't these groups be highly regulated then. Is it not fair that each person gets one vote or does Common Cause want fake and dead people to vote as well? Local and national law enforcement agencies are full of ID theft cases. Is it not too naive to think that these individuals out there with fake or stolen ID's might want to sell their vote? Don't we have a Democratic candidtate for Congress who had an election overturned because of tainted absentee ballots and was investigated for possible fraud on another election? Shouldn't all absentee ballots have proof that they were filled in and signed by the actual registered voter and not some shady AB collection team?

Don't be fooled by Common Cause. These rules are meant to prevent the stuffing of ballot boxes by phantom votes. We no longer have just one day of voting, we have a whole two weeks including weekends. Anyone who really wants to vote has ample opportunity to go to a post office or library or online to register and has ample time to go to an early voting precinct to show ID and properly cast a ballot. Absentee voting should be reserved for the very elderly and the very sick and those who are either in college (as long as they didn't register in that state as well) or those serving in the military. If you are a healthy, active person, you can go to early voting.

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