How the foreclosure mess could muck up voting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - As the foreclosure crisis continues to plague America, new concerns are being raised about how it could complicate election day.

Voters are required to register in the county in which they live, but when you're in the middle of a messy foreclosure, declaring your residency can suddenly become complicated.

A lot of people right now are bouncing from hotels to rentals, or they're crashing with family or friends.

What that means is they could end up showing up at the wrong polling place, and there is concern voters could be turned away, or that their votes could be disqualified in case of a recount.

The problem popped up in the 2008 presidential race. The Obama campaign actually ended up taking legal action on the issue, and if it caused trouble then, imagine how messy this could be now.

Tthree million homes are in foreclosure in the United States. That's a lot of votes.

But Michael Dickerson, director of elections in Mecklenburg County says there's good news for us in North Carolina.

"North Carolina has sort of a catch-all system here in place, where if you go to the wrong precinct, you can still vote a vote of provisional ballot at your new precinct or the other precinct. So, we'll still count something," Dickerson says. "we're not going to deny you your right to vote, and that's great. That's fantastic for the voter, because of things like this."

Each state sets its own rules, and if you're interested in learning what other states have to say about the issue, contact the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.