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  •  I would be more inclined to believe (11+ / 0-)

    the argument that this is all a "big oops" IF they identified themselves AND included in the robo call this simple phrase "If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to return the packet or take any further action."

    There is just absolutely no freakin way all these people didn't know better and "regret any confusion."  

    It just doesn't hold water, no matter what kind of container you put it in.

    As it turns out, the revolution will not be televised.

    by Yorick on Thu May 01, 2008 at 10:42:27 AM PDT

    •  Excellent point (1+ / 0-)
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      about the "If you're already registered to vote . . ."

      •  Of course they should already know... (0+ / 0-)

        ...who is registered to vote, as that is public record.

        •  The Dark Side of GOTV Database Tools (0+ / 0-)

          WVWV uses commercial mailing lists and use "sophisticated matching" to compare the mailing lists to voter registration records. The way it's supposed to work, if the addresses don't match or if you're on the mailing list and not on the voter list, you get contacted. The lists would give them the ability to create subsets based on demographic or geographic targeting.

          Now, consider what happens if you do the opposite and contact registered voters who require no address correction. GOTV turns into voter suppression--no additional hardware required and you can lay it all off on an IT person if you get caught.

          It's a pretty easy flip of the switch for a database programmer.

          Did they flip that switch?

          That's what I'm wondering about.

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