by: David Rosenfeld, Miller-McCune
How many voter-registration mass mailers are “returned to sender” in the run-up to Election Day may determine how many Ohio residents are eligible to vote.
Ohio election officials are sending out a mass mailer stamped “do not forward” to all registered voters today (Sept. 5) with an absentee ballot application and other important notices for Nov. 4.
What’s important here is not so much what’s going out as what’s being returned to sender.
Unbeknownst to the would-be recipients, the same mailer – just 60 days before the election – has the potential to determine their eligibility to vote, challenged not by election officials but by partisan opposition.
A similar mailer in March netted nondeliverable mail from almost 600,000 registered voters in just five Ohio counties who could now have their ballots thrown out for voting under the wrong address.
The National Voter Registration Act prohibits any state from purging names from the voting rolls within 90 days of an election.
The law doesn’t, however, preclude mass partisan challenges on or shortly before Election Day – known as voter caging – based on the same returned envelopes from state-sponsored mailers like the ones in Ohio and others going out across the country.
If anyone wants to check the status of their registration, they can click here…
…to confirm whether their registration status is good to go in November. Check often. Your vote SHOULD and MUST count, and BE COUNTED! You do NOT have to be an Obama supporter to check your status!
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