Florida law may disenfranchise new voters

October 7th, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Florida (US), Oct.7 (ANI): Strict rules aimed at preventing fraud may keep recently registered voters from casting their ballots
In Florida, Democrats and Republicans alike have registered more than 130,000 new voters in the last month alone, leaving election workers scrambling to get them all on the rolls by Election Day.
But according to a CBS News report, the state’’s stringent fraud prevention laws may keep some of those newly registered voters - and many others - from casting their ballots.
The sheer volume of new voter registration applications, along with the state’’s so-called “no match, no vote law” has election observers worried that one mistyped number could disqualify a ballot.
For the first time, Florida law requires a voter’’s driver’’s license or social security number to match a state or federal database.
It’’s done to prevent fraud. Several other swing states have similar laws, but none as strict as Florida’’s.
Wisconsin dropped its own no match rule when a test run showed one in four voters would have been eliminated because of typos and other minor problems.
Local election officials say they”re trying to clear up the problems before November 4. (ANI)

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