Voters registration Cards

Pre-marked voter registrationKGTVIt's fair to say that never has an ambitious government program been passed without an eye to buying votes or even—what the hell—buying voters outright. From a politicians' perspective, what's the point of expending time and effort on legislation if it's not going to win a little ballot box love? So it's little surprise that a couple in La Mesa, California, not only received a voter registration packet from Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange charged with implementing Obamacare in California, but that the form was helpfully pre-marked for the Democratic Party.

A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party.

The couple–who did not want their identity revealed–received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

They have lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican. Now, they are perplexed as to how the voter registration card pre-marked Democrat ended up in their mailbox.

Why is Covered California sending out voter registration forms to nearly four million enrollees? Well, it has a big database, and voter rights groups threatened legal action unless that database was put to good use.

It's not a terrible stretch to assume that a health program closely associated with a Democratic president and his political party might attract more potential donkey voters than fans of the competition, but pre-marking the registration card with that choice is a tad presumptuous. Even so, Covered California claims astonishment, and refers inquiries to the Secretary of State's office. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters sends people with questions to Covered California.

It's a mystery!

Assuming the worst (and not an unfortunate error on some low-level somebody's part), this is small potatoes compared to how voting used to be handled. Writing for The New Yorker a few years ago, Jill Lepore told the tale of a somewhat vigorous election day in 1859:

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Get ahold of ACORN. I'm sure they would be willing to help you register...probably more than once.

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If it is in the same county, you should be okay but you really should call the county board of elections and ask what the procedure is. They may direct you to a different polling place. If you don't find a board of elections in your county, just call the county clerk's office. It would be too bad if you got to the polling place and they didn't have you on the rolls.
I don't think many places give out cards anymore. In Kentucky, you simply show your driver's license.

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