Voter Registration Fraud at Stanford

I hope that you've heard the stories about voter registration fraud in Nevada and Oregon. Former Republican Governor and Representative Bill Janklow has expressed his disgust with the tactics used by his own party as far as voter registration fraud is concerned, and Nathan Sproul's company may be facing criminal charges in the aforementioned states.

But lest you think that this is a random incident, let me forward an email from Rachel Kadish, a visiting writer at Stanford this quarter, forwarded to the entire Creative Writing Program.

Hi all. I don't know that many people at Stanford, but I wanted to get this message out to those I do.

As you know, we're visiting for the quarter from Massachusetts.
Bhavana, our daughter's babysitter, is living with us here. She decided to register to vote in California. On the first day of classes at Stanford, she was walking in the main square and saw a table with a sign that said "Register to Vote". She filled out a form. The two guys working the table told her that if she checked that she was a Republican, they'd each get a $30 break off their tuition. She declined, and marked herself as an Independent. She finished the registration process and turned in the form.

Today Bhavana decided to check to make sure she was registered. She wasn't -- her form had been discarded. Luckily she will be able to correct this by making a trip to a San Jose courthouse and having a judge authorize a 'compel to vote' form.

This is disturbing, to say the least. I have no idea how many Independent or Democratic Stanford undergrads registered to vote, only to have their forms discarded. I doubt many will think to do what Bhavana did: call in to check. We are going to try to get some mention of this in the local papers and the Stanford paper.

Meanwhile, I wanted to let all of you know about this, so that you can urge students, in whatever way you think appropriate, to confirm their registration. If they discover that they are not registered, please let them know there *is* something they can do, if they act on it quickly.

Here is what they have to do:

Call the Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683

If the student is not registered, he or she should ask for a "Compel to Vote" form. This can be mailed or faxed.

Then the student needs to take the form to the San Jose Court, at 191 N. 1st Street, San Jose. There a judge will read the form and take action. For help with this process, call the court at (408) 882-2100 x 2412 (Brian) or x 2435 (Katrina)

Thanks, everybody.
Rachel

The more I read about this, the more it sounds like a nationwide effort to suppress voter registration and turnout, instead of a few bad apples (bad apples who, in Sproul's case, have not been repudiated by the national Republican party, but who have rather been excused).

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