September 1, 2008

Operation chaos for voters — registration drive runs amok in 23 states

Posted in 2008 election, Elections, politics, voter registration, voter suppression, voting, Voting Rights tagged , , , at 11:06 am by bluebanshee

Courtesy of my colleague and friend in North Carolina, Joyce McCloy, comes this dire warning about a voter registration drive by a group called Women’s Voices Women’s Vote (WVWV) that is wreaking havoc in every state that they are targeting.  So far 23 states have borne the brunt of WVWV’s efforts.  One state  election calls their mailings “purposefully deceptive” and vows to pursue legal means to stop them in that state.

Where does WVWV get their mailing list that they send registration forms to people who have been dead for over 4 years, or to elementary school age children, or to EAC Chair Rosemary Rodriguez? Will WVWV make robo calls again in KY, NC and other states?

There’s no word yet on the NC Atty Gen’s investigation into the April robo calls in NC.  Will WVWV confuse voters during North Carolina’s early voting/same day registration period?

They’re back -Women’s Voices Women Vote registration drive sows confusion

The DC non profit “Women’s Voices Women Vote” is at it again confusing voters & burying election officials in unneccesary paperwork. WVWV has even mailed voter registration forms to 6 & 14 yr olds, dead persons, registered voters, even the Chairman of the EAC – the federal agency that overseas elections. One way to disenfranchise voters is to “gum up” the system that enfranchises them.

So far we have media reports from Oregon and Illinois, but some election officials in North Carolina have advised that they are getting hit with the often redundant forms. Many of NC’s election directors have little time to spare and will be working 7 days a week from now through November 4

For every WVWV form sent in for an already registered voter, officials are slowed down that much more from processing legitimate forms. One way to disenfranchise voters is to “gum up” the system that enfranchises them.

WVWV is the group that made an estimated 182,236 illegal robo calls in North Carolina during the April/May 2008 primary voting season. The calls were made anonymously and appear to have targeted African American voters.

Bloomberg reported on August 6 that In North Carolina, ballot battles started during this year’s primary elections. The NAACP filed a complaint with the Justice Department charging that members of a group called Women’s Voices Women Vote called black citizens who were already registered, falsely telling them they needed a registration packet to vote. The packets never arrived, the NAACP said.

“It apparently was successful” in leading many people to believe they weren’t registered, said Stella Adams, a North Carolina voting rights activist. “Their tactics, if they’re not properly punished, will be repeated.”

At least some of the robo calls went to registered voters and indicated to the voters that they were not registered to vote and further failed to inform voters they could still register in person because of a new state laws…..

Why doesn’t WVWV work with state election officials so that they can conduct “voter registration drives” without creating chaos, confusion and calamnity?

Earlier this year, Facing South wrote

Women’s Voices sows fresh confusion in West Virginia and Kentucky
May 13, 2008

…given the mayhem that has transpired in 12 other states — including national controversy from their North Carolina experience — Women’s Voices is well aware that their oddly-timed mailings will lead to “confusion and aggravation.”

It’s no mistake or “coincidence” — so why do they keep doing it?

Oregon got hit last week:

Drive for voters spreads confusion
Election – The push to register unmarried women looks official, but it isn’t. Thursday, August 21, 2008 EDWARD WALSH The Oregonian Staff

A new voter registration drive in Oregon is causing widespread confusion among recipients of a mass mailing that in some cases was addressed to people who are too young to vote, who have been dead for years or who are otherwise ineligible to vote in Oregon.

State Elections Division officials say they have been inundated with angry phone calls and other messages from people who believe the registration forms, contained in an official looking envelope, were sent to them by the state. They were not.

“My daughter died 41/2 years ago of cancer,” one man scrawled across a voter registration form he returned to the Elections Division. “Please do not send this again. Take her off your list. Please.”

“I’m 14 years old,” a teenager wrote on a blank registration form she returned. “See you in four years. Leave me alone.”

Warning – WVWV is flooding 23 other states!

The voter registration drive is being conducted in Oregon and 23 other states by Women’s Voices, Women Vote, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on increasing voting by unmarried women.

…John Lindback, director of the Elections Division, accused the sponsors of the registration drive of being “purposefully deceptive” and said he may ask the Legislature to explore measures to curb “impersonating state agencies.”

“This leads people to reasonably believe that (the registration forms) are coming from us,” Lindback said. “But when they go to a 6-year-old, or to someone who has been dead for 13 years, people think we’ve pretty much gone over the edge here.”

They even sent a registration form to the Chair of the Federal Elections Assistance Commission. Think maybe she is already registered to vote, maybe?

Rosemary Rodriguez, chairwoman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency, said she received a voter registration form from Women’s Voices in March…

WVWV hits Illinois:

Registration forms some received in mail part of national campaign Aug 21, 2008 Monmouth, IL

Do not trust robo calls telling you whether you can or should vote or where to vote. Verify.
Just because you receive a registration form in the mail does not mean you are not registered to vote! Verify!

North Carolina Voters should check online or call either the State Board of Elections or their County Board of Elections to find out if they are registered. Do this before your state’s voter registration cutoff date. The State Board of Elections lists Oct 10 as the last day you can register to vote. Otherwise, you can register during early voting if you do not show up on the list.

If you receive an anonymous robo call or deceptive call about your voter registration, you can report it to the NC Attorney General’s office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll free within the state or download a complaint form at www.ncdoj.gov Please also report the event to your local media, so that others can be forewarned.

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