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.
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