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posted 7/15/2012 5:20:16 PM |
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This is the reason we Republicans would love to see voter photo i.d. put into place in all 50 states!

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The voter-registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address. Problem is, Rosie was a black Labrador who died in 1998.

A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of 5?million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults.

But residents and election administrators across the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.

Brenda Charlston wasn’t the only person to get documents for her pet. A Virginia man said similar documents arrived for his dead dog, Mozart, while a woman in the state got forms for her cat, Scampers.

“On a serious note, I think it’s tampering with our voting system,” Charlston said. “They’re fishing for votes: That’s how I view it.”

Every presidential election cycle brings with it a variety of registration drives targeting people who typically are underrepresented at the polls, and Republicans have long seized on sloppy or questionable registrations as a sign of potential fraud on the part of Democrats.

The issue is particularly sensitive this year. GOP political leaders have successfully pushed laws across the country that could make voting more difficult by requiring voters to show identification. Democrats have fought the laws, arguing that they can disenfranchise citizens, minorities in particular.

The group at the root of the questionable mailings — the Voter Participation Center — acknowledges that the databases it uses to contact possible voters are imperfect because they are developed from commercially collected information. The group also says that it expects people who receive misdirected mail to throw it away.

Several election officials said they believe voter-registration systems are secure enough to catch people who might improperly submit the misdirected documents. Registrants typically have to furnish identification, and election managers use databases to see if someone should be disallowed.

Julie Anderson, the auditor in Pierce County, Wash., estimates that about two dozen county residents have contacted the county about registration forms arriving for dead relatives.

The Columbus Dispatch

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wetnsilky601

Jul 15 @ 6:10PM  
Im surprised they didnt send "Tobbie" My chubby cat, a voters registration, but then again, its a house of republicans. So I guess they wont.
lamearsesite

Jul 16 @ 6:56AM  
Just put in an application for an absentee ballot and take advantage of it. Which candidate would Rosie most likely have supported, the dog eating Obama or the dog on the car roof Romney.....

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