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Posted by on Oct 27, 2008 in At TMV | 18 comments

Don’t Print Up That President Obama Stationary Just Yet

Or at least you should hold off if Georgia is typical of this election cycle.

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

“This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote,” a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.

But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it.

Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been “flagged” because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.

They sent Ms. Berry a letter dated Oct. 2 saying she had one week to respond and challenge the finding. Unfortunately for her, the letter was postmarked Oct. 9. If you were going to so some systematic cleaning of the system to root out old, inactive registrations, might you not do it back in January or something, rather than one month before the election? More and more shenanigans being reported from all sides this year. I almost want to go to sleep and wake up to find that it’s Nov. 5th.