Voter Activist Tim Robbins Rejected at Polling Place

Glitch forces celeb to fight for his right to vote
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 4:41 PM CST
Actor Tim Robbins encountered some trouble when he attempted to vote today in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tim Robbins’ Election Day was complicated by a glitch in the voter rolls, leaving the actor in exactly the situation he has described when urging Americans to fight for their right to vote.
Workers at the Chelsea polling station where he's voted for more than 10 years couldn’t find Robbins’ name, the New York Times reports, and instead offered him a provisional ballot—the ballot he has advised voters not to accept.

Robbins duly argued with poll staff. He then went to the Board of Elections, where a judge verified his registration and ruled he be allowed to vote. “I have the time and luxury to do this,” Robbins complained of his 4-hour voting snafu. “If this is a systemic thing, what does that mean for the country?”