More Weird Voter Registration News
This morning Saint Paul Pioneer Press reporter Patrick Sweeney is reporting (annoying registration required):
The rolls of Minnesota's registered voters have grown by about 100,000 people this year and by about 174,000 people since the last presidential election four years ago, according to new voter-eligibility totals released Monday.So far so good. Lots of new voter registration effort from both the DFL and Republicans this year. Nothing terribly unusual about this. Until we get to this:
But the increase, which is smaller than the Census Bureau's estimate of growth in the state's voting-age population, cannot explain why Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer gave out more than 1.5 million voter registration cards this year [emphasis mine - ed.].
So the Secretary of State had 1.5 million registration cards available. And every single one of them was picked up. She had to print even more.
"It seems low compared to how many cards have been picked up from my office," said Kiffmeyer, who early this month said she had to order new cards printed after the first 1.5 million had been exhausted.
Kiffmeyer said she could not explain what became of all the unused cards.
I'm no mathmetician. But even I can figure out that that leaves over 1.3 million registration cards floating around ... where exactly? We're not THAT big a state. That's a huge number compared to our population. It's in the ballpark of 40% of the registered voter roll.
No finger pointing from either side of the partisan divide in the article either. Is this worth looking into?