This weekend the FCDCC Campaign Services Committee coordinated a huge effort to contact Fresno-area Democrats who had their party affiliation changed without their approval just prior to last year’s Presidential Election.
FCDCC members, along with volunteers from Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and all over Fresno County, fanned out across targeted precincts to bring affected individuals back to their party of choice. Affected individuals had their party choice changed on voter registration forms without their knowledge, by a group paid to gather signatures on petitions for a variety of wedge issues. Called ‘slamming,’ this practice is indeed illegal.
The volunteers accomplished more than 190 changes in registration over the weekend. All of the people contacted expressed their surprise at being advised of their ‘new’ party affiliation and were pleased that this was brought to their attention.
This correction of party affiliation took 2.7 percent of the difference in registrations away from the Republicans and put those people back into the party they originally chose.