Look, folks; this has to be one of the most important situations to fix before another election cycle goes by, and it underscores the reasons why all of you, and all of your friends, and everyone you talk to, MUST call their registrar's office BEFORE November 4, and find out if you're registered to vote, and if not, why not.
This is from an article at CNN.com.
presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her
But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.
"This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote," a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.
But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it.
The letter, which was dated October 2, gave her a week from the
time it was dated to prove her citizenship. There was a problem, though
— the letter was postmarked October 9.
"It was the most bizarre
thing. I immediately called my mother and asked her to send me my birth
certificate, and then I was like, 'It's too late, apparently,' " Berry
Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters
who have been "flagged" because of a computer mismatch in their
personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are
having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove
eligibility to vote.
Okay, what country are we living in again? I don't give a rat's ass whether the above 50,000 people were all Democrats or all Republicans, or a mix of each, although one can imagine that they're probably minorities and likely tend to be Democrats. But no matter who they are, read that last sentence above one more time, and then call your Congressperson, because NO STATE has the power to force you to prove your eligibility to vote.
You got that, folks? If a government entity wishes to deny you a right to do anything, the burden is on THEM to prove their case. Such has always been the case since there was a United States of America, got that? It's called due process.
The first thing President Obama and the Democratic Congress have to do when take office in January is move to ensure that the right to vote — indeed all rights held by all Americans — is protected to the greatest degree, and that no one can deny it without just cause and due process. If there is to be a purge of people from the voter rolls, it should happen no less than 90 days before an election, and every attempt should be made to contact each voter to apprise him or her of the situation, and offer a hearing. There is no way anyone should be advised on October 9, that they will not be allowed to exercise this most basic right on November 4.
The time for "purging" is when the voter registers to vote. When they register to vote, it should be determined whether or not that voter is a citizen, not just as they're about to enter the voting booth. If you want to require people to register every 4-5 years, then so be it. But you don't get to determine they're eligible, and then take that eligibility away at the moment they're about to exercise their right.
This is complete bullshit, folks, and it has to stop now.