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'Daily Voting News' For September 12, 2008

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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 PĂ©rez, 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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