Links that I have found to voter registration/suppression issues

 

ACORN defense

Essence article on ACORN

Judge rejects request to expedite ACORN lawsuit

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Ballotpedia on ACORN (follow sublinks)

Republican Voter registration fraud?

and more (after a search for democrat registration fraud)

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A hit on democrat registration fraud?

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Politico: GOP offers scnat proof of voter fraud

ACM Experts Say Heavy Voter Turnout Will Test New Voter Registration Systems
AScribe Newswire (10/28/08)

The 2008 U.S. election will test many newly installed or redesigned voter registration databases (VRDs), warn ACM computing experts. The 2002 Federal Help America Vote Act required states to establish the databases, but they have become a source of confusion in early voting currently underway in several states. Experts from ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM) will monitor and analyze the reliability of registration records and voting equipment around the U.S. as the election approaches. Federal law requires states to verify new voter registrations against drivers' license numbers, or the last four digits of Social Security numbers, but the databases containing this information are often flawed. Former ACM president Barbara Simons says VRDs need to control data-entry errors and large-scale data merges and purges, as well as security concerns to prevent voter disenfranchisement, personal information leaks, and voter fraud. ACM's report on VRDs includes 99 high-level recommendations to help states establish best practices for computerized statewide electronic databases. Simons says long delays and contested voter eligibility have been caused by problems with VRD systems. USACM chair Eugene Spafford says that electronic VRDs might make registration and voting procedures more efficient, but he is concerned that mismanaged updates could erase thousands of people from voting rolls. Spafford says automated checks should be done well in advance of an election so voters can contest "no match" results.

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Thousands Face Mix-Ups in Voter Registrations
Washington Post (10/18/08) P. A1; Flaherty, Mary Pat

New state voter registration systems across the U.S. are incorrectly rejecting voters and threatening to disrupt the election process. The problems are occurring in states that switched from locally managed lists of voters to statewide databases, a change required by the Help America Vote Act. Although the switch is supposed to be a more efficient and accurate way to keep lists up to date, the transition is causing the systems to question the registrations of thousands of voters when discrepancies occur between their registration information and other official records. In Alabama, for example, dozens of voters are being labeled as convicted felons due to incorrect lists, and Michigan is scrambling to restore thousands of names it illegally removed from voter rolls due to residency questions. In Wisconsin, tens of thousands of voters could be affected, as officials admit that their database is wrong one out of every five times it flags a voter, often due to data discrepancies such as a middle initial or a typo in a birth date. Herbert Lin, who is studying the issue for the federal Election Assistance Commission, says that states are not using the "best scientific knowledge known today," as required by law. One of the problems with Wisconsin's database, which has been in place since August, is that 95,000 voters are incorrectly listed as being 108 years old. If no birth date was available when names were moved into the electronic system, it automatically assigned Jan. 1, 1900. By federal law, anyone whose name is flagged must be notified and given a chance to prove his or her eligibility, but voting rights experts say voters are not always alerted, and some, even if they are notified, may simply decide to skip the election as a result.

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Fraudulent registratiosn do become votes, John Fund