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November 1, 2004

VOTING PROBLEMS? Here is how to fix them. . .

Law professor John Bonine, who will observe the November 2 election process, has some clear advice and resources for any registered voter who is facing election day glitches:

It’s becoming clear that this election is going to be very close. Every faculty member, staff, and student should be able to vote who has registered. If you haven’t already voted, do so now, to take the load off elections officials.

Because of the intense interest, some people have encountered glitches. Here are some ways to help ensure that your vote is counted:

1. If a faculty member, staff member, or student did not receive a ballot but believes that he or she registered, it is still possible to vote. This is a legal right under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA-2002 -see below).*

2.If a student did not receive a ballot but believes that he or she registered, he or she should send an e-mail to VOTE@UOREGON.EDU. The ASUO’s Director of Legal Services will then try to help such a student exercise his or her right to vote on a “provisional ballot.” This is a right under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA-2002).*

3.If you received your registration card back in the mail and a letter from Lane County Elections about making corrections, take these steps:

  • Make a photocopy of your card for your records and keep the envelope if possible;
  • Take the original card and statement to Lane County Elections;
  • Correct the card in front of a desk clerk and file it with Lane County Elections; and
  • Vote on a “provisional ballot” for this election.

You might also draft and sign a statement that you originally tried to register before Oct. 12, if that was the case, and submit it, while also keeping a copy.

Students can also send an e-mail to VOTE@UOREGON.EDU in this situation.

4.Lane County Elections is at 275 West 10th (one block west of the downtown Eugene library).

* Section 302(a), Help America Vote Act:

“If an individual declares that such individual is a registered voter in the jurisdiction in which the individual desires to vote and that the individual is eligible to vote in an election for Federal office, but the name of the individual does not appear on the official list of eligible voters for the polling place or an election official asserts that the individual is not eligible to vote, such individual shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot . . .”

42 U.S. Code sec. 15482

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