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Registration Deadlines and Social Security Computer Shutdown: EAC Chair Urges Delayed System Outage PDF  | Print |  Email
By Rosemary Rodriguez, Chair, U.S. Election Assistance Commission   
September 26, 2008
This letter from Election Assistance Commission chair Rosemary Rodriguez to Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue was published at Election Law Blog.

September 19, 2008

Dear Commissioner Astrue,

We were recently notified that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has scheduled its National Computer Center Annual Building Shutdown October 10-13, 2008 and that online system services will be shut down during this time. I urge the SSA to reconsider the date of its annual shutdown.

Forty-one (41) have voter registration deadlines between October 6 and October 20. Historically, states experience high levels of activity as registration deadlines approach. The loss of access to SSA's online system means election officials will not be able to compare social security information, as required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and may prevent them from processing these registrations. In some states, the inability to compare new registrants to SSA's database may result in voters having to produce additional identification information on Election Day or having to cast provisional ballots.

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