1st, only certain people could vote, then, some people only had 3/5 of a vote, next, came poll taxes, then, came literacy tests. Folks in Michigan who lost their homes haven't suffered enough, figures the Michigan GOP party. They lose their vote, too! This will affect more than 62,000 households in the state. Here comes Jim Crow to Michigan!
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.
...One expert questioned the legality of the tactic.
“You can’t challenge people without a factual basis for doing so,” said J. Gerald Hebert, a former voting rights litigator for the U.S. Justice Department who now runs the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C.-based public-interest law firm. “I don’t think a foreclosure notice is sufficient basis for a challenge, because people often remain in their homes after foreclosure begins and sometimes are able to negotiate and refinance.”
Guess who was the biggest victim of the sub prime loans?
The Macomb County party’s plans to challenge voters who have defaulted on their house payments is likely to disproportionately affect African-Americans who are overwhelmingly Democratic voters. More than 60 percent of all sub-prime loans — the most likely kind of loan to go into default — were made to African-Americans in Michigan, according to a report issued last year by the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Growth....
You would think that after 2000, Florida would want to do everything it can to enfranchise voters. But no. Florida has decided to start enforcing the draconian "No Match No Vote" law that requires voters' personal information to match up with two different government databases. Given that Government databases contain errors, and often do not match each other, many voters will not match! Through no fault of their own. Florida is only one of four states doing this. North Carolina eliminated this rule in 2007. The "No Match No Vote" law will be enforced just weeks before the deadline to register to vote in Florida, right when about 20% of new voters are registered.
...So here we go again, with Republican election officials making decisions that disproportionately will affect Democratic voters in a crucial election now rated as a tossup in the polls.
....The verification law, commonly called "no match, no vote," first was approved by the Legislature in 2005.
It requires that applicants put an identifying number on voter-registration forms -- usually a drivers-license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number. That number then is checked against state or federal databases to confirm the person's identity.
D.C. election officials blamed a defective computer memory cartridge yesterday for producing what appeared to be thousands of write-in votes that officials say did not exist.
Ah, the return of the "glitch".
As I have stated before, "glitch" is a word the press likes to use anytime they discuss computer failures. The word conveys a problem, but doesn't assign blame to anyone. Things just mysteriously happen.
I wonder if they would refer to the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota as the result of a "glitch".
No, of course not. The bridge collapsed because people failed to perform the proper maintenance on it, and allowed serious structural failures to go untreated.
Same with computers. Recovering from a hardware failure is the acid test of a well written program. In this case, the software failed the test, since it allowed phantom votes to register.
"It was determined that one defective cartridge caused vote totals to be duplicated into multiple races on the summary report issued by our office. The Board immediately caught and addressed this error, as is reflected in the last unofficial results report issued on Election Night," Murphy said in the statement.
This is the hallmark of bad software. A good programmer anticipates errors, especially hardware failures, they even have a name for it, they call it "error-trapping".
He refused to answer questions from reporters, and no members of the election board appeared.
Of course, this assumes that the cause of the problem is being accurately reported to the press, which is a risky bet most of the time, especially since election boards seldom have their own programmers of techs on staff. The usual routine is to repeat whatever the vendor told them happened, and not answer questions which would reveal that they are simply reading lines from a script and have no clue what they are talking about.
I am not the only one who is skeptical.
"That press release is a model of obfuscation," said Henry E. Brady, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley who has studied voting systems extensively, including in the deadlocked 2000 presidential contest.
The explanation that a defective cartridge caused tallying errors across multiple races "is what throws me off," Brady said. "It is hard to know what that means. I'm having trouble figuring out how that happens."