Voting rights activist looks at upcoming election

09/17/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, we’ll talk about some unusual letters the Republican Party is sending to voters. Some voting rights activists think it might be a way to deny people the right to vote in the presidential election.

But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we heard parts of speeches by John McCain and Barack Obama addressing how they would deal with the financial problems on Wall Street.

This morning the St. Petersburg Times reported that a new mailing for John McCain's presidential campaign aimed at older Democratic voters is causing complaints by Democrats and concern by elections officials. According to the Times, the piece, paid for by the Republican National Committee, tells voters it is seeking to double-check their "unconfirmed" party affiliations while soliciting money. A letter signed by McCain tells the Democrats: "We have you registered as a Republican."

We’re joined now by Pam Haengel who is vice president and co-founder of the Florida Voters Coalition. The coalition’s mission is to ensure all eligible voters are provided an equal opportunity to cast a private and independent ballot and have all votes on that ballot recorded and canvassed accurately.

For more information, visit FloridaVoters.org or call (727) 244-9064.

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Hi Rob, I thought it would be useful to have this in update in front of you for today’s show. No Match, No Vote Rule: Florida’s new no match no vote rule will affect ONLY new voters registered on September 8, 2008 or later. If you are newly registered since September 8th, you should call your Supervisor of Elections office now and once more between Oct 1 and October 6th to be sure that your registration is in good order. IF there are any problems with your registration, be prepared to mail, fax, e-mail or show in person your Florida drivers license, Florida I.D. card, or Social Security number. If you wait until election day you will have only 48 hours to correct the problem. Phone numbers for local Elections Offices: Pinellas: 727.464.6108 Hillsborough: 813.272.5850 Election Day I.D. requirement: All voters must show photo and signature i.d. at the polls to be able to vote a regular ballot. If you show up without i.d. you’ll be given a provisional ballot. Acceptable forms of i.d. are: Florida drivers license Florida I.D. card U.S. passport Debit or credit card Military I.D. card Student I.D. card Retirement Center I.D. card Neighborhood Ass’n I.D. card Public Assistance I.D. card Thanks, Pam Haengel Pamela Haengel, VP & Co-Founder Florida Voters Coalition www.FloridaVoters.org 727.821.1116 Office 727.244.9064 Cell