Can you vote if you're facing foreclosure?
Worries about voters in foreclosure being turned away at the polls came up two years ago during the 2008 presidential race. The Obama campaign accused a branch of the Michigan GOP of planning to challenge votes by those who had had their homes foreclosed.
After all the partisan conflict from the allegations (which the GOP denied) died down, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee agreed that voting eligibility cannot be challenged because of a foreclosure.
So while the short answer of whether you can vote if you're in foreclosure is yes, each state sets its own rules on when and whether you need to re-register your address. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has issued some general guidelines that apply nationwide.
CNNMoney.com has a helpful explainer piece about this issue.
Here are some excerpts:
If you've moved recently -- due to foreclosure or any other reason -- you must re-register if you've changed counties or states. If you moved within your county, just update your address.
In most states, you can make a change of address up until election day, or vote with a provisional ballot if you can't be found on the voter rolls.
If the foreclosure process has started on your home, but you have yet to move out, you remain registered to vote and should go to your appointed precinct.
If your foreclosure is complete, and you have exhausted your rights of appeal or redemption, then you should update your voter registration to reflect your new address.
However, many states allow you to use the address of the foreclosed property if you have not yet established a new permanent address.
Ariana Eunjung Cha
| October 29, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Housing
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