Are you registered?

Brent Finnegan -- October 19th, 2008

Yesterday’s Washington Post reported that, due to a new system of voter registration, thousands may have been unfairly rejected.

Because many voters may not know that their names have been flagged, eligibility questions could cause added confusion on Election Day, beyond the delays that may come with a huge turnout […] the systems are questioning the registrations of many voters when discrepancies surface between their registration information and other official records, often because of errors outside voters’ control.

If you are uncertain of your current voter registration status, you can check it on the SBE website, along with the location of your precinct polling station.

Thanks to Chris for emailing me that link.

5 Responses to “Are you registered?”

  1. Lowell says:

    Brent,

    I’d like to thank you for the service you provide this community by operating Hburg News, and to the wider community by the production of your documentary films.

    The people of this area are fortunate that you chose to live here and become engaged in the ways you have chosen.

    One of the most noble things one can accomplish in life, is to be a blessing in the lives of others. This you have done, and continue to do.

    The series you have run on the city council race is but the latest example. Your interest in informing the community on important issues and attitudes benefits us all.

    Thank you.

  2. Eli says:

    Damn straight, especially given the vacuum that can be news in the S. Valley.

    Blogs like this one and people like Finnegan could be the death of sensationalist propaganda-driven media as we’ve known it.

  3. Renee says:

    Yep, I really enjoy getting my local news from this site, too :)

    About the voting, I am scared about election day, after having heard several reports that Virginia is “not prepared” for the major turnout, or any potential malfunctions with the machines, and that people may have to wait in very long lines. It makes me wish people had off work for election day to make sure people that are working won’t be discouraged by a long line and not vote.

    What happens if the polls close in the evening and there is still a long line? Do they have to let everyone already in line get a chance to vote?

  4. JGFitzgerald says:

    Renee,

    I work at the Keister district. The rules say we have to get the names on anyone in line at 7 p.m. and allow them to vote. At the very least, I’ll take a picture of the line at 7 p.m. so we’ll know who was in it. Regardless, you have to show up by 7 p.m., and you’ll get to vote.

  5. Deb SF says:

    I work at the Stone Spring District, the one where the students who live on Port Road and Main Campus will vote.

    We are reviewing the law, thinking hard about logistics, and putting on our tinfoil hats to try to anticipate as many problems as we can in order to figure out the answers before Nov. 4. We know volume will break all records. The aim is for a fair and efficient process, and for every person who is legally entitled to vote to get the chance. Even if we’re there till midnight.

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