Much has been made in the press regarding the 53,000 voter registrations filed shortly before the registration deadline in Georgia that Secretary of State Brian Kemp was allegedly holding and not processing in order to suppress voters. But it turns out to be the usual story: Secretary Kemp was following state law by checking the identity numbers provided in the registrations before registering the new voters and many of the "new" voter registrations either belonged to people who did not exist or who were already registered to vote.Read more
As Election Day comes closer, it is worth noting the many problems facing election officials. These “problems” are often a combination of election official incompetence and bad actors. What’s worse is they do not increase turnout, their stated purpose.
One example is the left's push for automatic or mandatory voter registration. This process has the effect of disenfranchising voters from party primaries (thus helping establishment candidates like Hillary Clinton over insurgent candidates like Bernie Sanders) whether intentionally or unintentionally. Mandatory registration cannot select a party for a person and serves to disfranchise more casual voters who only vote every four years in party primaries for President or the like.Read more
California's mandatory (automatic) voter registration system, which launched in April, has been plagued by problems. First, two registration forms were created for each of 77,000 voters due to a "software error." Then, over 23,000 voters had errors placed in their voter registration records due to an "administrative processing error" after a visit to the DMV. Now, 1,500 people have been wrongly registered to vote by the DMV, including at least some non-citizens, due to errors made by employees during data entry:Read more