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Voter Registration Problems

December 10th, 2007 by flanews

Problems are already cropping up in computerized voter registration records with the January primary just weeks away. But as Chris Casquejo tells us, election supervisors say if voters want to be counted, they should double-check their information early.

Hear it here: Voter Registration Problems

Nicholas Martinez helps keep computerized voter information in the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office. He was surprised to find that he was one of 16,000 people with the same wrong previous address, an apartment complex in Duluth, Georgia. But thats not all.

We did notice some party change issues that were taking place last year,” Martinez said. “But mostly its been oddities in the audit trails.

A wrong prior address would not prevent someone from voting. But a party change would. The presidential preference primary is limited to Democrats and Republicans. But an important property tax vote is open to everyone. Floridas Secretary of State says the problems are not at the state level. His office found only 27 voters with a previous Duluth, GA address.

We dont need to be pointing fingers at one another,” said Secretary of State Kurt Browning. “But I think its an important note to make. That is, the counties maintain their own database. And we have a copy of that database.

Local election supervisors say voters can take control. Check your registration and all your other information before you head to the polls.

Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho could not explain why his offices records conflict with state records.

The critical issue is to identify the problems now,” Sancho said. “And then take the kind of action necessary to make sure Florida doesnt disenfranchise legal citizens.

This is the third presidential election cycle in which questions have been raised about voter rolls in Florida.

Voters have until 30 days before the January vote to correct registration information.

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