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Judge Says Mich. Policy Violated Voting Law

By Mary Pat Flaherty
Michigan violated federal law when it removed about 1,500 newly registered voters from its rolls this year after voter identification cards mailed to them were returned undelivered, a federal judge ruled today.

Those voters, along with any removed since 2006 on the same basis, must be returned to the rolls unless there was another reason to have questioned their eligibility, ordered Judge Stephen J. Murphy III of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Murphy told the state to immediately stop the cancellations and remove any designation in poll books that would prevent the voters' ballots from being counted if they appear at the polls on Election Day and meet whatever further proof of identification would otherwise apply to them. Neither Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land nor a spokesperson could not be reached for comment following the ruling.

The removals violated the federal "motor voter" act by immediately canceling the registrations on the basis of the returned mail. Under that federal law, a voter whose registration information bounces back should have been allowed to remain on the rolls for a cycle of two general elections for federal office.

Murphy has yet to rule on a second, related challenge to Michigan registrations based on cancellations of voters who apply for a license in another state.

The judge's action was sought by the Advancement Project and the American Civil Liberties Union.

By Post Editor  |  October 13, 2008; 10:21 PM ET
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Ever wonder what would happen if MTV hosted a presidential debate, well now you get to find out.

Seems McCain may be asking Palin to take his place in the debate tonight.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

zukermand===yes , Terri Lynn Land is a Republican and she wants to run for governor in 2010. Dc Pshyco==well, I guess the shirts don't lie!

Posted by: majorteddy | October 14, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse


He ain't perfect
But he ain't republican
And that's all that counts

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I back Mac for a free America

Posted by: peterdaol | October 14, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Can we safely assume Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is a republican? The article does not specify.

Posted by: zukermand | October 14, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse


This is where the 2000 Sumpreme Court failed our country and what many people were citing as the begining of the end.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Many of those commenting here need to look up the phrase "straw-man argument." I know President Bush has pounded this form of illogical thought into your brains but it really means nothing.

Posted by: gjcomm | October 14, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Michigan broke the law. Broke The Law. Funny how republicans don't mind law breaking if it disenfranchises likely democrat voters. Our soldiers spill their blood for freedom and democracy and republicans spit in their face with this attitude.

Posted by: jstroud | October 14, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Lose your home, lose your vote! This is just another one of those old voter suppression techniques we've seen for years. It's sad that we have become a nation in which nearly half of our country believe that if you are foreclosed on you no longer deserve to be able to have a voice in elections. I have heard complaints about the homeless being registered to vote on many blogs and I find that disheartening. The GOP act as if they support the troops no matter what and that they honor veterans, but the VA estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute), veterans account for 23% of all homeless people in America. It is a disgrace that the homeless are discouraged to vote through misinformation about their eligibility.

Posted by: TaneLewis | October 14, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

vote twice vote often!!!!

Maybe they never were really at the address, or they moved out of State and will vote there.
I thought being registered and voting in multiple states was illegal.
Hey, maybe illegals registered and went home to vote in Mexico (or where ever) and will be back soon under the current coyote system.

Posted by: dottydo | October 14, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

that is a shame that these folks were done like that and i see we got fox news in the house (texans7)you truely are miss informed everybody know that you have to id when you go to the polls and vote except for hannity and friends... get educated a mine is trouble thing to waste..VOTE OBAMA'08 VOTE OBAMA'08 VOTEOBAMA'08

Posted by: obama1 | October 13, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if the Supreme Court gets the case.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 13, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Fair is fair.
Let them vote..even the dead get to vote for Obama.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

See in my blog what Obama supporters are calling Sarah Palin!

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 13, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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