Shawshank thesp erased from NY voter rolls
Mr. Susan Sarandon fears nationwide election meltdown
USA '08 Susan Sarandon's common law hubby was miffed this morning when election officials at his local polling station couldn't find his name.
"The issue is that they removed my name from the voting rolls,” Tim Robbins told The New York Times. “My name was there for the primaries.”
The Academy Award-winning American film actor says he's been voting at same New York City polling station since 1997 - the year he plumbed the Hollywood depths alongside Martin Lawrence in Nothing to Lose. "The poll workers here know me," he said. “I’ve been voting here 15 years.”
Robbins was offered a provisional ballot, but the film thesp - known for his left-leaning political activism - turned it down. It was a case of a talking head taking his own advice. "Refuse provisional ballots," he told the world during a recent TV chat show appearance. "They’re throwing those out. They can throw those out.
"If that’s your last resort, take it, but fight in the polling place to vote. It’s your right as an American. You have every right to vote if you’re registered. And if you’re not on the rolls and something went wrong, document it."
Mr. Sarandon was also offered an affidavit ballot - and he filled it out. But he didn't submit it. Instead, he went downtown for a chat with the city's Board of Elections. The board eventually OK'd him, and he trucked back uptown for another go.
Robbins told the celebrity-obsessed TMZ that he wasn't the only one erased. "While I was waiting, 30 people - according poll workers - 30 people in five hours, the first five hours of voting, had been taken off the rolls. You do the math on that. Six per hour. Per district. Across America."
The New York City Board of Elections has said that as many as 30,000 people were removed from voting rolls after they failed to verify their addresses. But according to the board, Robbins was not among them. A spokeswoman told The Times he was likely removed because he had two registrations on file, with two different addresses. ®
"Correct me if I'm wrong but it sounds like he was registered to vote twice, with different addresses. Election officials spotted this so they deleted the registrations. Sounds to me like they're trying to _prevent_ election fraud..."
It's illegal to remove a citizen from the voting roll without notification. It's the state(s)' job to ensure that when a person changes addresses, the old registration is invalidated. It's not Mr. Robbins' fault that he was registered twice. It's also not his fault that he wasn't notified that he was removed before election day. It's disgraceful that the people in charge of elections don't understand election laws and err on the side of caution at the expense of free and fair elections.
What's more interesting is that there isn't any evidence of an election being decided by multiple voting, but there is loads of evidence of elections being decided by voter disenfranchisement. One person voting twice or three times has a far smaller effect than one election official removing 20,000 people from voting rolls.
There was a recent snafu where many found themselves off the lists. According to a law, nobody can be removed within 90 days of an election, but they were....
His audidtion failed
Poor Tim. He went to an audition and didn't get the part because his candidate won. Boo hoo.