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Californians Recently Moved: You May Not Get Your Sample Ballot or Absentee! Hmm.  It looks like due to problems of California's state-wide voter registrastion verification system, thousands of recently moved or new voters are not getting registered, causing backups to voting registrar county offices across the country according to today's Los Angeles Times:

"Designed by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to authenticate voter registrations has blocked otherwise valid registrations because of computer glitches, slight discrepancies in spelling or incomplete applications."

The problems have required registrars to contact voters -- a time-consuming process that is already taxing some counties facing elections next month.

San Diego County is racing to rectify rejected registrations in time for the April 11 special election to fill the seat vacated by convicted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham." Updated: Debra Bowen, Candidate for Secretary of State of California, just posted this announcement:

I would strongly recommend anyone you know who has moved or registered recently to call their county registrar's office to make sure they are in fact, registered.

If this is already diaried (didn't find it), please remove it, and I apologize.

Originally posted to norm on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 12:21 PM PST.

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  •  No shit! (2+ / 0-)
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    norm, ortcutt

    I was actually just about to call the SF elections office to see where the hell my card is as I registered last month!

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 12:18:47 PM PST

  •  Just called (0+ / 0-)

    Conveniently, they said that my card was "just sent and should arrive any day". (snicker).

    "We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately." - Ben Franklin

    by RandyMI on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 12:22:48 PM PST

  •  not just recently moved either (1+ / 0-)
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    I've lived here for the past six years, and in the same apartment for the past 5 and I still haven't received my ballot.
    But my brother in Culver City got his about 10 days ago.

  •  Rule of Thumb (0+ / 0-)

    If you don't get your sample ballot by 25 days before the election (May 11th for the June 6th Primary), assume there is a problem and call your county elections office.

    You have until 15 days before the election to register, so there would still be time if your registration was rejected or lost.

  •  Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia subpoened in FL (0+ / 0-)

    In an anti-trust case.


    Sorry for the mini hijack but it speaks to election fraud and I've done a diary today... too soon it seems.

    People place their hand onthe Bible and swearto uphold the Constitution.They dont put their hand onthe Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.Jamie Raskin

    by The Alien from Britain on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 12:50:06 PM PST

    •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      The Alien from Britain

      I want to hear about those kind of details.

      As for the new CA registration verification system...what the hell is going on?  Maybe a simple explanation, but there seems to be a massive spiral of chaos in this country such that most voting will be either impossible or meaningless while on the surface seeming like legitimate growing pains.  Or something?  Why can't the whole voting process only be done right, or not at all with any pretense?

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