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10/22/08
10/22/08

Last month I published a story about new statewide voter registration databases and how federal rules governing how states must use the databases could disenfranchise thousands of new voters who have registered to vote for the first time since the law went into effect in 2004.

The story got a bit lost in all of the hoopla over the Sarah Palin e-mail hacker so I wanted to draw your attention to the piece again and add information about how the new federal rules are making it easy for political parties in some states to challenge the eligibility of voters to cast a ballot, seemingly in an effort to suppress their votes.

I also wanted to discuss a separate issue involving purges of existing voters from registration lists, which is affecting thousands of long-time voters in states across the country who may be surprised when they arrive at polls in November to find that their name has been inexplicably stricken from their state's voter roll. I'll discuss the issue of challenging eligibility in a post labeled Part II and will address the purges in Part III.

10/22/08
America can rest easy. Despite widely reported registrations in his name, Mr. Mickey Mouse isn't likely to cast a ballot on Nov. 4.
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In a lively, sometimes contentious, conference at MIT on the problems and merits of the Electoral College, a group of scholars looked into what one called the "fun house mirror of electoral politics" and debated its reflections of federalism, states' rights and equality.
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We urge Iowa and other states to sign onto the plan so that by the next presidential election, every vote will be counted, and every state will matter in what we hope will be a truly nationwide campaign.
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