Facing Foreclosure? That Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Vote on Election Day

by Francine Huff
October 30th, 2008

If you or someone you know is dealing with a home foreclosure, that doesn’t mean you can’t vote in the presidential election next week. With nearly 2 million homes in foreclosure, that means a significant number of voters may be unsure about how to cast their ballots. Ohio has had about 99,000 foreclosure filings this year, and Nevada has had about 68,000, according to Parade magazine. Both are key states in the election. This could also affect renters if they lose their apartments because of landlord foreclosures.

Concerns have grown about the potential for voter fraud on Election Day. The voter-fraud rumor mill has been working overtime, including claims that Republicans have been telling Democrats to vote on Nov. 5 instead of Nov. 4, and that foreclosure lists will be used to keep people from voting. Lawyers are being deployed across the country in large numbers to monitor polling places and protect the rights of voters.

It’s hard to know which rumors about voter fraud are fact or fiction, but one thing is true: It’s important to exercise your right to vote so don’t let anyone say that you can’t no matter whether you’re facing foreclosure or have already lost your home. “Now, more than ever, it’s important for people to make their voices heard,” Robin Carnahan, Missouri Secretary of State, told Parade.

According to an article in BusinessWeek, if your home is being foreclosed upon but you still live there go to your regular polling place. If you had to move after the voter registration deadline, go to the polling place where you were last registered. You can fill out a provisional ballot if your name is not on the list.

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