Sunday, September 7, 2008

Virginia Tech Students Threatened with Consequences for Voting in Blacksburg

America is home of political dirty tricks in managing voter registration rolls. Voter caging drops thousands of legal voters from the database. Ohio practices this tactic and it impacted the Presidential vote in 2004.

But the Virginia Tech case is different. A threatening letter was sent to students, identifying negative consequences from registering to vote in Montgomery County. Young voters could lose "their dependent status, health insurance, and scholarships."

Both Ohio and Virginia are swing states, critical for the eventual winner to carry come November. Secretary Rice just hammered Cuba for not having a process to hold free and fair elections. It seems America has similar barriers to such free and fair voting.