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October 31st, 2008
03:01 PM ET

No-match list catches regular voters by surprise

Curtis Morgan and Charles Rabin
Miami Herald

What do a promising rookie for the Miami Heat, a systems analyst from Bulgaria, the wife of a Republican congressional candidate and Fidel Castro have in common?

They can't just show up Nov. 4 and fill out a regular ballot. Theirs are among 12,000 names statewide flagged under Florida's Voter Verification Law, a "no match" screening process embroiled in legal and political controversy.

The ID check spits out voter registrations that don't match driver's license or social security records. It has left voters on a list dominated by blacks, Hispanics and Democrats in a legal limbo - unless they supply elections officials with additional proof they are who they say they are.

More than one-third of the people on the "no match" list live in Miami-Dade or Broward counties - most notably Mario Chalmers, a Heat guard who starred in last year's Final Four college basketball championships.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Barbara Pacheco

    I believe in a National/Statewide voter registration system. Using both Social Security Numbers and Drivers Licenses will greatly cut down on voter fraud. You should have to show both to vote.

    Your vote does make a difference, go vote on Nov 4th.

    October 31, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    I voted by absentee ballot and even with that I had to copy my driver's license and send the copy along with my ballot to prove I was who I claimed to be. It was a bit of a chore but I really appreciate the rule being there – otherwise anyone could go in and say they were me and vote.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  3. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    I had to show I.D. when I voted. All of us should have to. One of the reasons that early voting is genius is that IF there is a problem you can clear it up.

    PLEASE EVERYONE VOTE! THANK YOU!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 & 12

    October 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Nothing is perfect and they will have to get the kinks out to get the ball rolling in Florida but I see nothing wrong at all at having to show ID to vote and at being checked out before you vote. We have done that here in Georgia for years. When I went and voted this time they took my license looked me up on the computer then I got to vote. That is the way it should be. It curbs voter fraud. You can't just let anyone vote and hope everyone is honest. By looking at ACORN and the 600 mentioned here we see that people aren't. There has to be some sort of check and balance in voting. You can't just have it willy nilly.

    Cindy

    October 31, 2008 at 3:25 pm |