Do POLLING places know how you'll VOTE?

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    Oct 18, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Last week a guy knocked on my door. He had a clipboard with lists. I didn't open, but he put a remember-to-vote-for-Obama flyer on my door. I didn't see him going to the other three doors on my wing, though I heard him knock on one below.

    Do these people get lists of what addresses voted for Democrat last election? And wouldn't that mean that a polling place would know when you showed up who you were most likely to vote for when they see your Voter ID card? And couldn't that mean that, if they wanted to, the workers could "negate" your vote if they disagreed with it?

    Discuss.
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    Oct 18, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Party registration / affiliation is public record, but your actually vote is not. We get all sorts of Republican material at this house so yes, I assume ‘they’ know.
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    Could someone who is not under "hidden member" respond. icon_wink.gif
  • comfortablynu...

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    Oct 18, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    What he said. Your vote is secret but your registration isn't. Not just anyone can call up and ask for your information though. The laws vary by state, but for the most part you have to file paperwork, swear an affidavit that you'll use the information strictly for campaign purposes, some states only release the information to campaigns or to the party. Some states do it by county or town, so you have to track down every town clerk in the state for the registration lists. It isn't an easy task.