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Loophole for part-time residents to vote twice?

October 6 is the deadline to register to vote in Florida, and we have a lot of part-time residents. So I called the Supervisor of Elections office in my county to ask about the process for registration for voters with residences in more than one state.

I asked whether a person with residences in two states could vote in two states—is there a safeguard?

“It’s up to the state to let us know they’re registered there,” a staffer told me. In other words, I could theoretically vote absentee in New York and then vote in person in Florida, and the safeguard is the state of New York.

This is a potentially serious issue, especially with cases of voter fraud tied to groups like ACORN.  A Republican National Committee news release noted an incident in Florida. It isn't related to those with homes in more than one state, but it does show how easily fraud is accomplished: 

"ACORN admits that they had a case of voter fraud happen this week in Seminole County, but say they have since fired that employee and the faulty registration has been thrown out." (Susie Hassan, "ACORN Blamed For Florida Voter Fraud," WZVN-HD ABC News, 9/25/08)

Coincidentally, media and the RNC have questioned whether Sen. Barack Obama has ties to ACORN. The ‘Fight the Smears’ website supporting Sen. Barack Obama says he “never organized” with ACORN according to the RNC. However, an Associated Press story reported:

"Obama was part of a team of attorneys who represented the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois in 1995 for failing to implement a federal law designed to make it easier for the poor and others to register as voters." (Mike Robinson, "Obama Got Start In Civil Rights Practice" The Associated Press, 2/20/07).

Does leaving responsibility with the states to report dual registration provide a loophole in the voting process?

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Very good report. During the 2004 election, some central Florida counties wanted to stop dual voting, so they contacted election officials in New York and New Jersey to coordinate efforts. The main thrust was to identify "snowbirds" who had dual residency, and to make sure they were not registered in two states simultaneously.

Surprise! Surprise Surprise! All the election offices in the liberal Northeast adamantly refused to cooperate. There were informal estimates of the number of those that dual voted in 2004 as high as 50,000, Have you seen the big push to get New Yorkers to vote in FL? I would bet they are being encouraged to vote twice.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed in FL

Thanks so much--I have calls in to state and county officials about this. I don't think this issue has been addressed. I'm amazed media has not called attention to this--somehow I think they might have if all those polls were reversed.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKay B. Day

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