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October 14, 2008

ACLU Pressuring Registrars in Virginia to Illegally Allow Out-of-State College Students to Vote in Virginia

It's illegal.

Tracy Howard, Radford's registrar, is paying special attention to voter registration applications that cite a Radford University dorm room as a potential voter's address, but a student organization and the ACLU of Virginia say that's illegal.

Howard says he's following Virginia law the same way he has for 16 years.

"If they give me only a dorm address," he said, "they will be sent something called a pending denial. It says that you need to have a street address, permanent address, in order to register to vote."

Kent Willis, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said, "This can only be construed as an attempt to dissuade students from registering to vote in Radford or a ploy to trick them into providing contradictory information that could stall the registration process past the deadline."

Virginia registrars rarely have problems with students registering to vote, Willis said.

"When they care is when students are geared up to register in large numbers," he said. "Suddenly, that upsets the whole local power structure."

Across the country, new voters, particularly young voters, are registering in record numbers, most of them to cast ballots in the presidential race.

Howard says student registration drives are an issue. Groups conducting these drives "have at best simply misinformed on-campus individuals and at worst lied to them" about registration rules, he wrote in his response to the ACLU. They are also holding applications longer than they're supposed to and flooding Howard's office with them.

In a letter to Howard on Monday, Rebecca Glenberg, the ACLU's legal director, cited a string of court decisions that say students can't be treated differently from other people attempting to register to vote.

"Every individual citizen has the right to vote," Howard responded. "No individual has the right to register to vote in a community based upon convenience, false information or lies."

The RU Fair Voter Registration Alliance formed Sept. 15 after student Nikki Rampino registered using her dorm address and received a pending denial notice. After Rampino went to Howard's office and complained, her application was approved. She got her voter identification card Monday.

The story is worth watching. Is The One just making calls to registrars demanding they allow his cultists to illegally vote in Virginia? The Magic 8-Ball says, "Most likely."

More: ACORN and Claire McCaskill and other voter-fraud apologists claim that no fraudulent registrants actually take the next step and fraudulently vote, as if the first crime is insufficient to raise concerns, and as if that's true, which of course, it's not.

Ohio caught a fraudulent registrant attempting to vote. He was caught. How many weren't?

Also, the story notes that 4,000 fraudulent registrations were found in Cayuhoga County (Cincinnati), not the 8,000 I was earlier tiped.

PS: Of course the PUMAs suspect it's crap like this that got Obama his "win" -- plus intimidation of caucus-goers by beefy-fisted union thugs.

I'm sorta thinking they're largely, or even completely, right.

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