October 10, 2008

"States' Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal"

Yesterday the NY Times published this must-read front page report. It followed up today with this report about the reaction of officials in Colorado. AP also offers this follow up report. And Ned Foley corrects an inaccuracy in the story that jumped out at me when I read it: the distinction between a right to cast a provisional ballot (under federal law all states must provide it) and the state's decision whether or not to count that provisional ballot as a valid vote (a decision that can vary from state to state).

I spoke with the Times' reporter on Monday about their investigation, and later that day the social security administration issued this press release, presumably to get in front of the story. In addition, Nevada was named in the Times story, and I wonder the extent to which the ACORN raid was timed to be before the release of the story.

I expect we will hear more about this, and I expect some litigation to restore some people to the voter rolls as the result of this story. Stay tuned.

Posted by Rick Hasen at October 10, 2008 09:31 AM