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spacekatgal
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    duerig
      @spacekatgal Voter registration is actually pretty evil. Indelible purple ink is enough to ensure that nobody votes twice. Any other restrictions are mostly just a backhanded kind of disenfranchisement.
      darnell
        @spacekatgal Is there not a "catch all" spot you can go to? We have one in town for anyone who can not locate their precinct or has disputes with their assigned one (that way they can vote without having to hire a lawyer).
        adamlcox
          @spacekatgal That's strange--"inactive status"? What is that, exactly?
          la
            @spacekatgal I was finally driven to apply for permanent absentee voter status after a poll worker tried to deny me a ballot because she claimed I wasn't on the list (I was). Now I get my ballot by mail and vote at my kitchen table.
            ats
              @spacekatgal Does that mean provisional ballot in your current precinct? What a mess -- imagine how these obstacles block someone who is less able to navigate complex bureaucracies.
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                      @spacekatgal Wow, that's not at all discouraging, is it?
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                            duerig
                              @spacekatgal And actually, the real problem is that it is yet another scorched-earth policy. Every person who fails to vote will see the winner (whoever it is) and their laws as less legitimate. When legitimacy disappears, violence tends to replace it. :/
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                                  @spacekatgal I’m still registered in a former county of residence and couldn’t get both my driver’s license and voter registration updated in time. But my state is solidly red, so I chose not to worry. Yours is about 100% likely to go for Obama btw...
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                                    saket
                                      @spacekatgal Wouldn't that like block half the Republican base from voting?! // @adamlcox
                                      adamlcox
                                        @spacekatgal Goodness, that doesn't seem above board.
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                                            saket
                                              @spacekatgal Understood. It just seems like a strange thing to base it on. Does the census truly get around to accounting for all eligible voters?
                                              ats
                                                @spacekatgal It's pretty classic systems barriers stuff. Who is most likely to be disenfranchised? Lower SES, people with less flexible work schedules, those less educated and less familiar with bureaucracy. We shouldn't make it this hard to participate.
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                                                  vita
                                                    @spacekatgal again, well said. very well said, to be exact.
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                                                      darnell
                                                        @duerig If people fail to vote without trying & justify that as an excuse to become violent then they deserve whatever brute force the government throws at them. To @spacekatgal: Contact your favorite politician & the media (as both love looking heroic).
                                                        adamlcox
                                                          @spacekatgal Are other people in your state experiencing this problem? The census seems a haphazard tool to use for such purposes, without even considering overall legality.
                                                          duerig
                                                            @darnell To be clear, I was speaking of people like @spacekatgal who try to vote and find that the bureaucracy and laws have determined they haven't jumped through enough hoops. Voter suppression is both unjust and removes institutional legitimacy.
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                                                              @adamlcox @spacekatgal Agreed. I would be surprised if that was a legit use of the census.
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                                                                  darnell
                                                                    @spacekatgal Sweet! I contacted Warren's staff on Twitter! Hopefully they can apply some extra pressure! :-)
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                                                                      darnell
                                                                        @spacekatgal Provisional is better than nothing, although I think it involves appearing before a judge to prove your case.
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                                                                            clydesmith
                                                                              @spacekatgal That's nuts. Our electoral system is so crippled. We need a reboot!
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