Social Security Administration in the US is preparing to take its database down for three days in mid-October,  a move which could block millions of voter registrations.

The database, which is needed to verify registrations for people without state-issued identification cards, is scheduled for routine maintenance.

The techPresident website reports that the plan is “putting in jeopardy the ability of forty-one, slow moving states to verify millions of new registrants in time for Election Day for voters without state-issued IDs.”

“According to the SSA, this is the same time of year that it has updated their database for sixteen years. But, as the Senator’s staff pointed out, this is only the second time since the (HAVA) regulations have kicked in requiring states to use the SSA database to verify citizenship for people without state-sponsored ID (meaning, mainly, driver’s licenses.) It happened in 2006, but the voter turnout was not nearly as high then as it will be this year. A meeting is starting right now, 4 pm on Friday, in DC that the Senator’s staff organized between the House and Senate subcommittees on election administration and a representative of the SSA to discuss this issue further.”

Read the initial story here, and the updated information here.

Peter Fray

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