Yesterday in the mail we received a voter registration form addressed to a person who has never lived in our house. I know this person never lived here because the name was of a woman my wife did some work for. She traveled internationally and needed bookkeeping help and a place for mail to be sent. Thus for a period of time letters addressed to her arrived at our house. However, it’s been at least five years since this took place as she now lives in California. She never lived in Georgia. How this group obtained her name and associated it with our address is puzzling to me.
According to Georgia Pundit, the Voter Participation Project has sent out about 12 million such forms including one to a 14 year girl here in Georgia….and now a California woman my wife did some work for several years ago. If I were one of the people financing the Voter Participation Project, I’d be asking for my money back because there seem to be wasting a whole lot of it. In fact, they have a link on their website for people who received an erroneous voter registration form.
This makes me glad Georgia has a voter ID law. Imagine if these voter registration forms fell into the hands of people less honest than me and the parents of that 14 year old girl. We could have a real problem on our hands.
Now before the Left Wing Twitterati springs into action to claim I want to keep people from registering to vote, let me say as a former GOP County Party Chairman and campaign manager, I’ve helped hundreds, perhaps thousands of people register to vote. I’ve organized voter registration drives and every campaign I managed took time to register people to vote as we campaigned. Furthermore, Georgia’s new online voter registration system was part of a bill I introduced and pushed through the Legislature to completion. The truth is, Georgia Republicans have made it very easy to register to vote.
Which leads me to a related issue: the brouhaha over DeKalb county’s announcement that they will open advanced in person voting locations on Sunday seems overblown to me. Georgia allows three weeks of advanced in person voting and mandates one Saturday. If DeKalb wants to pay it’s employees overtime to open on a Sunday that’s fine with me – just make sure all DeKalb residents have access to the early voting locations (which I think was Sen. Millar’s original concern).
I’d like to see high turnout GOP strongholds like Cherokee and Forsyth follow suit. Elections are as much about getting your supporters to the polls as persuading the undecideds, so why not use every legal tool in your toolbox to help your team win? The Democrats sure seem willing to use those tools to try to win. Do the Republicans want to win just as much?