12 September 2008

[us_politik] Foreclosed In Michigan? Prepare To Be Caged


(via the Michigan Messenger and various other feeds) If you want to vote in Michigan, make sure you don't lose your home to foreclosure.

The Michigan Messenger's Eartha Jane Meltzer, 0642, 10 Sep 2008:

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

The very next day, in a story datelined at 15:41:

The Macomb County Republican Party chair who told Michigan Messenger earlier this week that Republicans planned to challenge voters at the polls using a list of foreclosed homes has changed his story.

James Carabelli now says the party has “no plans to do anything,” according to a story in the Macomb Daily.

That is to say, "we know you think you understood what we said, but the truth is, what you understood that we said is not what we meant". And who knew that losing your home means losing your right to vote? Well not so fast there, dread republican pirates ... you'll have to go back to "Do Not Forward" caging lists,  as the Messenger's Todd A. Heywood found out the hard way:

Additionally, a person’s registration outweighs even the state’s Homestead Exemption Affidavit — signed by a property owner under penalty of perjury — as the true place of residence and eligibility.

How do I know this? In 2001, I brought suit in Ingham County Circuit Court to have Dr. Olga Holden removed from the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees because she was not a resident of the district. My evidence was her Homestead Exemption Affidavit signed for a property at Gull Lake in southwest Michigan. But the Circuit Court and the Appeals Court both ruled that the voter registration outweighed the affidavit.

As such, even if a person were in the midst of a foreclosure, their voter registration– not the property records and affidavits — is more important for determining voting eligibility.

This overwhelming concern on properly-registered and squared-away voter rolls in Michigan has nothing to do with Macomb County being a swing county in a swing state.

Remember, voter fraud is never so big a problem as when it looks like a Democrat might win.

We saw what you did there.

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stan said...

All I would have to say in response to the stories about caging, and this is directed at all voters, not just the targeted Democrats:

Keep your nose clean. Don't vote fraudulently. Don't give anyone a reason to challenge your vote.

Sorry, I know that's a Captain Obvious thing to say, and by saying that, I'm not implying that Dems are cheating when they vote, prompting the Reps to cage in the first place. I'm just saying that if you're honest, then if your vote does get challenged, you know who the bad guy truly is. But if you are cheating, you don't get to complain if someone calls you out.

Dale said...

I have a sinking feeling that we're headed into the utlimate kerfuffle-flapdoodle-shitstorm this November when the votes start getting counted/stolen. And Democrats just aren't as good at these knife-fights; they continuously get caught thinking their opponents have some tiny shred of honor.

In other words, all hail President Palin.