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Kenneth Blackwell and the Voting Rights Act

Earlier today, MyDD.com carried a story about Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell refusing to allow registration if the registration form was not on 80 pound card stock. In other words, none of those "print directly from the FEC site" forms would be good enough. DailyKos now has the latest on this (I am shortening it considerably):

Atrios dug this up:

Sec. 1971. - Voting rights

(2) No person acting under color of law shall -

(B) deny the right of any individual to vote in any election because of an error or omission on any record or paper relating to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting, if such error or omission is not material in determining whether such individual is qualified under State law to vote in such election.

So what the hell are they thinking about in Ohio, supressing thousands of new voter registrations because they are printed in the wrong card stock?
Because the Sec of State is a Republican. And because he read this NY Times piece. ...

And remember, these new voters aren't being counted in "likely voter" polls (which ACT will work to get to the polls on election day). This is not good news for Republicans, hence the desperation tactics we're seeing in Ohio.


Whatever happened to just registering to vote, casting your ballot and waiting to see if your candidate wins. I'm a Virginia resident and the state tends to vote republican. I haven't heard of a single complaint like those I read about all over the country. I thought we were bringing integrity back to the White House - - apparently that doesn't apply to elections.