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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Are you registered to vote? Have you been disenfranchised?

You may have heard that Republican operatives are trying to take advantage of the current economic crisis, by attempting to have voters who lost their homes through foreclosure, removed from the voting rolls by having their addresses invalidated.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know if you're registered to vote? Could you have been disenfranchised without knowing it?

Thanks to America in Solidarity, you can check your status, regardless of the state you live in, make changes to your address if necessary and ensure that come November 4, you're able to cast your vote for the candidate of your choice.

In Washington, if you're listed as inactive, you only have until October 4 to complete your address change to be eligible to vote on November 4.

Since the 2000 election, it has been a tactic of the GOP to try and disenfranchise as many voters as possible. The dirty tricks are already starting for this election cycle.

• Republican party officials in Michigan plan on challenging the voting rights of those whose homes have recently foreclosed, of which 60% are African-American

• Wisconsin’s Attorney General, a Republican, recently sued the state’s election board to try to remove 20% of the registered voters in this critical swing state

• In Virginia, another battleground state, the AFL-CIO reported that Republicans deliberately tried to confuse student voters about where they are eligible to register and vote.

So click on this link, find your state, and verify if you're registered to vote today. Forward the link to friends and family so they can ensure their right to vote is protected.

And if you are aware of any efforts to disenfranchise voters in the Northwest, please drop us a line in the comments and give us as much detail as possible.


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