Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Old Dogs, Old Tricks?

Not to sound too paranoid or anything but...

(Thus begins the paranoid portion of our blog post.)

When I went to my polling place to vote -- my first time in Northridge since my move a year ago -- I was on the books, but instead of being listed as a Democrat, I was classified as "NP" -- Non-partisan. I think we all know me well enough to know that I'm in no way "non-partisan." Fortunately, the one benefit of being non-partisan is that you get to pick which ballot you'll be voting at the polling place. So I was able to vote with little issue (other than those damn Indian gaming amendments, which had me stumped until I punched the holes in the booth).

But while I was at the polling place, another woman was also listed as "NP" who claimed she ought to be registered as a Democrat, and a third woman was listed as a Republican when she swore she registered as a Democrat. She was pretty much screwed. If you're registered as a partisan, you get the ballot for which you're registered.

When I got to the dentist office after voting, the parking attendant who took my car keys saw my "I voted" sticker and mentioned that his absentee ballot only showed up in his mailbox yesterday. He had to take it into his local polling place physically. Fortunately, he was able to do this with very little trouble, as his wife votes in person and had the polling location at hand.

When I got to work, I went online and tried to find anything I could about California voting or registration irregularities, and this is what I found. It's a little-publicized story about tens of thousands of California voters falling off the rolls at the last minute, most of them without any notification or warning whatsoever.

So, now my curiosity is piqued. If you live in one of the Super Tuesday states, and had trouble voting or know someone who had an issue voting, post a comment. I'd love to hear from you.

Not that I'm paranoid, mind you. I'm sure the state government wouldn't intentionally be messing with voter registration to tweak the upcoming election. I mean, c'mon... how likely is that?


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