Friday, October 24, 2008

Voter Suppression in Arizona

Yesterday, Mrs. Seven of Six and I voted early here in Arizona.

The Wife likes to get on me about my paranoia over voter suppression. Low and behold, "mi espousa", was almost ruled ineligible for voting because according to registration records, the year she was born didn't match her drivers license. She was born in 1957, somehow, in a week it miraculously changed to 1937. The thing is, I made sure to check last week, as per Anjha's orders, with the county recorders office to verify we were registered, at the time, all was copasetic.

The wife couldn't believe it, she told the fellow Hispanic female poll worker, "I've been voting in Arizona for 5 years now, all of a sudden there is a discrepancy with my date of birth?" I mumbled under my breath, loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, "Voter Suppression!" The young poll worker made a call, then commented, "It must have been a typo." Right... we believe that.

Mrs. Seven was a little bit more pissed than usual. She ranted on, "What if I waited until election day to vote? Would they have been so kind as to make that phone call while hundreds waited in line?" Now my wife is convinced our Republi-con Secretary of State, Jan Brewer and Republi-con Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell, are purging Hispanic Democratic voters from the rolls.

Then I pulled one of my high pitched Jon Stewart imitations, "Told you so!" She smacked me in the arm!

Cross posted at LEFT is RIGHT


Anjha said...

Good on you, SoS and Mrs SoS.

That is why Biden and Obama have been pushing so hard for people to vote early. He wants to make sure that all of this voter suppression crap loses its power.

Was she able to vote a real ballot or did they give her a provisional?

If so, did they give you a way to figure out and double check that it is actually counted?

Seven of Six said...

No it was a real ballot. The poll worker said, "Everything had been cleared up."

...did they give you a way to figure out and double check that it is actually counted?

We filled out our ballots, sealed the envelopes and put it in the big bin for it to travel downtown to be counted. How do we double check to see if our ballot "actually counted"?

iamcoyote said...

Thanks for the heads up, SoS! They really will try everything and anything.

idiosynchronic said...

I had been wanting to make my vote on Friday, but it simply didn't work out. It'll be Monday. and I damn well BETTER be in the database right - I'm working the polls until noon, which is why I'm also voting early.