Wednesday, October 13, 2004
( 8:24 AM )
If you registered to vote here in Oregon via a kind "volunteer" who was working with a group called "Voters Outreach of America" and you registered as a Democrat, you better call the elections office and make sure your registration was processed. KGW reported this morning that people working for this "outreach" group were being paid to register only republicans. Bill Bradbury, intrepid Secretary of State here in Oregon, is checking into it.
Bradbury learned of the conduct from KGW-TV, which interviewed Mike Johnson, 20, a canvasser who said he was instructed to only accept Republican registration forms. He told the TV reporter that he "might" destroy forms turned in by Democrats.
In Nevada earlier Tuesday, KLAS-TV, a CBS affiliate, interviewed an employee of a private voter registration organization who said hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of Democratic registration forms had been destroyed.
Eric Russell, a former Voters Outreach of America employee, told the TV station he had personally witnessed his supervisor take out Democratic registration forms from the pile and shred them.
The company has been largely funded by the Republican National Committee, the station reported.
Of course, the bad news is that yesterday was Oregon's deadline for voter registrations, so this news is late for people who might have had to re-register to vote. This is so disgusting. The RNC disowns these actions, but it is more and more obvious that any hope for a fair election (even in this state, where we don't have to worry about the electronic voting because of our vote-by-mail system) is a longshot.
Kos has more details of the Nevada situation, and hundreds of comments... of course.