Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
In today's featured article the Brennan Center for Justice and the Advancement Project have reported that thousands of Florida voters may be disenfranchised by a last minute decision by the Secretary of State, Kurt Browning, to enforce a "no match, no vote" law. "No match, no vote" essentially says that if a voters name or information on their registration does not exactly match their name or information on their ID they cannot vote or they can vote a provisional ballot and take the same ID to the county election office after the election to prove they are who they say they are.
"This 11th-hour decision is an ill-advised move to apply a policy the state has never enforced in its current form, at a time when registration activity is at its highest," stated Beverlye Neal, director of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, a plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenges Florida's matching law. "The Secretary's decision will put thousands of real Florida citizens at risk due to bureaucratic typos that under the 'no-match, no-vote' law will prevent them from voting this November," said Alvaro Fernandez of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, another plaintiff in the case.
"Voters who do everything right, who submit forms that are complete, timely, and accurate, will suddenly find themselves unregistered when they go to vote, just because someone somewhere punched the wrong letter on a keyboard," said Myrna Pérez, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. "The no match, no vote policy is unjust and unnecessary, and Florida voters will pay the price this fall," stated Jean-Robert Lafortune, president of the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, another plaintiff in the lawsuit....
Featured FL: Florida Voting Law May Disenfranchise Thousands LINK
National: Some States Cast Off New Voting Technology LINK
National: NH, other states, keep old machines LINK
National: What Can We Do Now To Protect the November Election LINK
National: Opinion - Ballot box blues
High turnout threatens turmoil LINK
National: Editorial - VA listens - finally - to secretary of the state LINK
National: Our Coming Election Nightmare LINK
FL: Florida gets tough on new voter registrations LINK
FL: Palm Beach County's missing ballots appear to be found LINK
FL: In Palm Beach County it goes from missing ballots to too many ballots LINK
FL: St. Johns County - Weighing in on paper ballots is a hefty job LINK
MD: "Uncounted" Counts 400 Viewers at Silver Spring Theatre LINK
MO: Trial Continued in Phil Lindsey Voter ID Case LINK
MS: Senate ballot position fight continues LINK
MS: Judge orders Miss. governor to redo ballot LINK
MS: Judge Rules Against Mississippi GOP, Orders Special Senate Race Moved Up on Ballot LINK
NY: Voting machines for disabled went unused in primary LINK
OH: Documentary Investigates 2004 Election Controversy in Ohio
"How Ohio Pulled It Off" Examines Controversy in Buckeye State LINK
Washington DC: Voting Database Is Fine, Firm Says
User Error Cited As Possibility in D.C. Vote Foul-Up LINK
Washington DC: Electronic Voting Follies Continue LINK
Washington DC: Sequoia E-Voting Equipment Allowed Thousands Of Fake Write-In Votes
from the don't-you-feel-great-about-our-upcoming-election? dept LINK
WI: Editorial - Partisanship at work?
Difficulties in getting the state's voter list ready have long been known. This lawsuit smells of political mischief. LINK
WI: Wisconsin elections agency says ID lawsuit will cause confusion at polls LINK
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