gwen (gwenix) wrote,

You know, this is getting ridiculous..

Students have parties switched by bogus petitions

Registration changed to Republican without consent

Scores of college students in Pennsylvania and Oregon have had their voting registrations switched by teams of canvassers circulating bogus petitions and, in some cases, partially concealed voter registration forms students were requested to sign.

.... So, why do this, because it doesn't effect who they're voting for, right? Well, now the Republicans can give inflated numbers of who is Republican in the state, and thus who is likely to win, and thus who you should vote for if you want to vote for the winner....

But, it's just stupid. Like, this is how bad it got:

In Allegheny County, elections director Mark Wolosik referred another case, involving a Squirrel Hill college student, to county detectives. Ruairi McDonnell said his registration was switched from Independent to Republican by someone who circulated a petition to lower auto insurance rates for young drivers on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh last month.

McDonnell said the man instructed him to fill out portions of a voter registration form, although McDonnell told the man he already had registered to vote.

"He then told me I would have to register as a Republican because 'that's how we get our funding.' I said I would not. He kept the form which contained only my name and address and certainly did not indicate I was a Republican," McDonnell said in a letter to the Allegheny County Department of Elections.

Several days later, McDonnell received notice from the elections department that he had changed his registration from Independent to Republican.

Grrrr. Glad they didn't find me -- but then I'm already Republican. Guess I'm fixing that right after this election (I don't want to chance fubaring my registration before the voting day).

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