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Vote/Election fraud, vote suppression, voting irregularities, voter intimidation in Election 2004



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11/16/04 [Permalink]
Voter registrations of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students from Rutgers University in New Jersey were never processed, leading to discouraged (disenfranchised) voters.

Via Votersunite, here are extracts from a report in The Star-Ledger:

On Election Day, Rutgers University sophomore Sean Thom waited patiently as a poll worker combed the voter rolls for his name at a Livingston College polling site.

Thom looked downcast as the poll worker came up empty. Though he had registered to vote in his first election in an on-campus drive last month, Thom, 19, assumed his form was not processed in time for Tuesday's election.

He was one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of new voters at Rutgers who reluctantly filled out paper provisional ballots or walked away from the polls when their names could not be found at polling locations.

"I'm kind of disappointed," he said.

Rutgers and Middlesex County election officials are still trying to figure out what caused widespread confusion Tuesday on the state university's New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

The university joins a long list of colleges reporting similar problems. Though young voters went to the polls in record numbers this election, they also ran into a record number of obstacles, voting rights advocates said.


It was another story at Rutgers.

University officials say they turned in voter registration forms for nearly 11,000 students before last month's deadline, and it appears many of the registrations were never processed.

"We don't really have a count at this point. ... It's a lot of people," said Susan Sherr, director of the civic engagement and political participation program at Rutgers' Eagleton Institute. "It was very frustrating."

Rutgers' lawyers went to court on Election Day as soon as students reported they were having trouble voting in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

The university's lawyers secured an emergency order from a Middlesex County judge ordering the county clerk to make sure polling locations had enough paper ballots to hand out.

Students whose names were not listed on the voter rolls filled out the ballots and sealed them in envelopes. Their votes will be counted if and when county officials verify the students' addresses and voting status.



















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