Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Registration woes

September 2002 - Katya becomes a US citizen, applies for passport
September 2004 - Katya registers to vote in Ann Arbor, MI
November 4, 2004 - Kerry concedes, Katya's MI absentee ballot finally arrives at her Philadelphia dwelling
March 2005 - Katya moves back to NJ
January 2008 - Katya registers to vote in NJ, but too close to February 5, does not get to vote in the primary
mid-September 2008 - Katya's father checks the MI Secretary of State website to discover that Katya is still registered in MI
September 23, 2008 - Katya checks the NJ Department of State website to verify that the is registered in NJ, Secretary of State insists Katya is registered in MI, www.voteforchange.com claims that Katya is registered in MI and not in NJ, Katya's voter registration card screams NJ

November 4, 2008 - Where does Katya finally get to vote?

Can I vote in MI and not in NJ? As it will actually matter? Clearly it would be not so legal to vote in both. Is it my fault that I was not de-registered in MI? Chronologically the NJ registration should trump the MI one, as well as the NJ state id, taxes, and official residency as per IRS, PSE&G, Homeland Security and my Sephora shipments. Logically though, MI is swinging blue (must be all that protected water of Lake Michigan), but swinging nonetheless.


  1. Your NJ card won't work if election judges don't also see your name on the roll. In fact, you don't need your card if your name appears on the roll. If you vote in MI, it is arguably election fraud because your domicile is NJ. I would make a trip to the NJ Sec. of State office and straighten it out.

  2. Thanks! I was trying to avoid the "make a trip" part. :)


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