CityBeat calls on County Supervisors to “fix the problem” that Registrar Seiler caused.

by on October 21, 2010 · 3 comments

in Civil Rights, Election, San Diego

Discouraging democracy : County supervisors must fix what the registrar broke

By CityBeat Staff / San Diego CityBeat / October 20, 2010

Dear San Diego County voter: If you received a letter from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters saying, “This form is being sent to you because your original affidavit of registration was not properly completed. Before we can complete the process of your Affidavit of Registration, we must have additional information from you,” don’t be alarmed, and don’t assume that you are not eligible to vote.

This week, CityBeat’s Dave Maass broke a story [editor: we covered this – see here] on our website that detailed how county Registrar Deborah Seiler has potentially misled thousand of voters into thinking they can’t vote on Nov. 2.

At issue are two different voter-registration forms. The California Secretary of State’s website provides a federal form, which does not ask for a voter’s place of birth. But the county Registrar’s office provides the state’s official form, which does. Yes, it’s confusing: the county uses the state form while the state uses the federal form. But this story is all about confusion, and democracy is at stake.

For the remainder of this Editorial, go here.

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avatar Andy Cohen October 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Link to rest of editorial?

What more can we do to make sure this doesn’t quash voter turnout?

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avatar Editordude October 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Andy, thanks for the heads-up. Whoops, forgot the links to the CityBeat piece. It’s all fixed now. Next time ya see a mistake like that, don’t hesitate to give me a phone call or even email us. On the other hand, this gives us a chance to raise the number of comments in that daily/ weekly rush to reach the hallowed column on the sidebar “Recent Popular Posts”.

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avatar Andy Cohen October 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Sorry…….didn’t mean to call you out like that. Just pointin’ out an omission. After all, you wouldn’t want me to have to actually go and SEARCH for the column on my own, now, would you? That would be far too much like work!

And yes, I can be that lazy!

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