The DC non profit "Women's Voices Women Vote" is back at it again confusing voters and causing an avalanche of unneccesary paperwork for busy election officials during a critical time. WVWV is doing what they did to 26 states in the primary this year, and what they have done in 2007 - mass mailing voter registration forms, pumping these forms out willie nillie to 6 and 14 yr olds, deceased persons, registered voters and inelligible voters. Forms are pre-filled with the would-be registrant's names, often mis-spelled. WVWV is the group that made an estimated 182,236 illegal robo calls in North Carolina during the April/May 2008 primary voting season. The calls were made anonymously and appear to have targeted African American voters. At least some of the robo calls went to registered voters and indicated to the voters that they were not registered to vote and further failed to inform voters they could still register in person because of a new state laws.
WVWV hasn't disenfranchised anyone yet, but for every WVWV form sent in for an already registered voter, officials are slowed down that much more from processing legitimate forms. One way to disenfranchise voters is to "gum up" the system that enfranchises them.
WVWV, why is it that you do not contact state election officials so that you can do your "voter registration drives" without creating chaos, confusion and calamnity?
So far we have media reports from Oregon and Illinois, but election officials in North Carolina say they are starting to get hit with the often redundant forms.
Oregon got hit last week:
Drive for voters spreads confusionElection - The push to register unmarried women looks official, but it isn't Thursday, August 21, 2008 EDWARD WALSH The Oregonian Staff
A new voter registration drive in Oregon is causing widespread confusion among recipients of a mass mailing that in some cases was addressed to people who are too young to vote, who have been dead for years or who are otherwise ineligible to vote in Oregon.
State Elections Division officials say they have been inundated with angry phone calls and other messages from people who believe the registration forms, contained in an official looking envelope, were sent to them by the state. They were not.
"My daughter died 41/2 years ago of cancer," one man scrawled across a voter registration form he returned to the Elections Division. "Please do not send this again. Take her off your list. Please."
"I'm 14 years old," a teenager wrote on a blank registration form she returned. "See you in four years. Leave me alone."
Look out, they are flooding 23 other states!
The voter registration drive is being conducted in Oregon and 23 other states by Women's Voices, Women Vote, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on increasing voting by unmarried women.- Advertisement -
John Lindback, director of the Elections Division, accused the sponsors of the registration drive of being "purposefully deceptive" and said he may ask the Legislature to explore measures to curb "impersonating state agencies."
"This leads people to reasonably believe that (the registration forms) are coming from us," Lindback said. "But when they go to a 6-year-old, or to someone who has been dead for 13 years, people think we've pretty much gone over the edge here."
They even sent a registration form to the Chair of the EAC! Think maybe she is already registered to vote, maybe?
Rosemary Rodriguez, chairwoman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency, said she received a voter registration form from Women's Voices in March...