Reports Reveals Vast Discrepancies in Voter Records

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A new report by the Pew Center on the States reveals that one of every eight active registrations is either invalid or inaccurate. Along with voters with registrations in multiple states, their findings revealed that approximately 1.8 million dead people are still listed as active voters. Equally troubling is the discovery that one in four people who are eligible to vote — some 51 million people — are not registered. 

Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times.


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Celeste Headlee offered up the off-the-cuff comment that "many states are trying to make it more difficult to register..."

I would suggest that Ms Headlee's statement is false. I think the opposite is true. States, over the past several years, have made it EASIER to register to vote. Wisconsin is one state that comes to mind, with same-day voter registration; voters can show up on the day of the election (not 30 or 60 or 90 days before) register, and then vote.

I am guessing that Celesste Headlee is just making a dumb conflation of two different issues. The first issue is voter registration, and the second is a requirement of photo id to vote. The latter issue is not a registration problem. But Ms. Headlee mixed the two of them up, to the inevitable confusion and/or misleading of The Takeaway's audience.

HAVA, the Help America Vote Act, has a wide array of protections for persons who may have a registration problem when they appear at a polling place on election day. This segment never mentioned HAVA, which was the main bipartisan legislative response the the vote-counting debacles witnessed in a few of the mostly-Democrat Florida counties following the 2000 Presidential election.

Indeed, a more intelligent way to frame the problem is that 'as registration requirements have been relaxed, and as people have become increasingly mobile, there exists a greater need than ever before to require something as standard as a photo id to be able to vote.' But that wouldn't happene on The Takeaway, because it might lend some credence to an argument heretofore made by Republicans.

Feb. 14 2012 10:48 AM

"Catastrophic disarray" will take on a literal meaning when the government is running healthcare and has easy access to medical records which will be subject to hacking and corrupt influence.
Of course deeply flawed healthcare will remain a dirty secret because our famously unbiased media will not report any serious flaws since they are so heavily invested in it politically.

Feb. 14 2012 09:35 AM

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