NEW YORK (CNN) - When Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins showed up at his West 14th Street YMCA polling center in Manhattan to vote Tuesday morning, election officials told him that his name was missing from the register.
"I went to vote where I normally vote and I was not listed. I asked for an explanation; they had none," Robbins told CNN.
He said he has been voting in the same district since 1992. He has not missed one election, and has not changed addresses or political affiliations.
"The poll worker said my name was in the book for the primary two months ago, but missing for the general election," he told CNN.
Although Robbins was offered the opportunity to fill out a provisional ballot, he was set on using the voting machine instead.
"Refuse provisional ballots - they're throwing those out, they can throw those out," he told viewers of "Real Time With Bill Maher" last month.
"If that's your last resort, take it, but fight for your right to vote," he said. "It's your right as an American."
It took Robbins a total of five hours - and a judge's order - to do so today.
"I'm just waiting for an explanation. I want a real explanation, and I want that explanation for the hundreds and thousands of people in my district and throughout the city who are experiencing the same thing today," Robbins told CNN.
A New York City Board of Elections representative did not return CNN's calls.
Polling places nationwide have seen heavy turnout - and accompanying delays and glitches - for the presidential race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.
This is simply appalling! This is what I'm worried about in this election, and because of these errors, it could cost my candidate (Obama) the race. Sheesh, our government will find ANY means possible to screw up an election. Last time it was Florida, now it's this.
God help us if McCan't gets in the white house because of these errors.
I personally think that every american citizen should automatically be registered to vote the day they turn 18. Anyone who removes a name of a valid registered voter from the voter registers should face federal jail time no matter what political party they belong to. It is not only the right, but the responsibility of every American Citizen to vote.
Would happen anywhere else – the old claw of power will not let go easily – Good Job Tim !!
If this isn't a bunch of crap. Who really cares about Robbins and how he battled 5 hours. It was made known exactly who he was for from the beginning – I think maybe CNN is getting very biased. What makes him more important then a regular voter who waited the same amount of time, & nobody knows who he/she voted for. Just the fact that the wait was a long one. Cnn talks about this and how "Fake messages target Obama backers". But I don't see anything about the Black Panthers blocking the poll, intimidating voters – stating "White power doesn't work here." & they are not intimidating Barack voters.
Democrats will always be whinners. Even with an unfortunate BHO win due to Chicago machine politics and the infamous ACORN voter fraud tactics, the Democrats will complain about voter suppression. As a lifelong Democrat, after seeing the decietful practices being engaged in by the DNC and the Obama campaign, since the primary season, I will never vote for a Democrat again. Get ready for the destruction of the USA and Israel, if Obama steals this election. You might as well just get a Government job, because everyone will be giving their paychecks to the Government establishment. High taxes and doubling of our National Debt is on the horizon with the Democrats in charge. God help us.
It's called stealing an election.
Why do conspiracies always happen to conspiracy nuts?
Boy oh boy, did some idiot Republican activist "accidentally purge" the WRONG name! LOL! Get 'em Tim!
Maybe he was registered at Shawshank.
This is extremely troubling. Other stories of apparent voter disenfranchisement have been surfacing recently also (such as the individuals who were informed they cannot vote because they are not U.S. citizens, when they in fact were citizens.)
I hope this does not turn into another "Bush v. Gore"-type debacle, where the Supreme Court ends up deciding our president.
WOW ch – your comments are so educated !! You are a joy!
That would have to happen to Tim. Great American he is . Wow!
Its time 4 a change. If u dont vote dont complain 4 the next 4 years.
this is one of the ways the stole the election in florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. Yet no one challenged it then and they may get away with it again. How coan we get respect in the rest of the world?
this happened to me in los angeles and 2 other people in my district... all registered independent, non affiliated, or democrat.
Talk about dirtly tricks – how about the 100,00 flyers distributed in Florida in the poor african american neighborhoods saying:
"To ease congestion Republicans should vote on Tuesday and Democrats on Wednesday."
It's so obvious the Republican will steal elections at any cost like they have the last two.
It's an n EVIL gorup of people operate operate on the Republican banner ...all in the "name of god!".
Guess he needs the attention. Stupid liberal.
Just think about all of the other people who are not famous actors that this has happened to. Republicans will do anything to win.
His vote won't matter. It's going to be a landslide for McCain anyway.
I vote in one of the most liberal districts in NYC. ALL the inspectors were Republican (I don't know how they found that many in my neighborhood). they gave everyone who didn't look "American" a hard time and even pretended for 6 minutes that the elderly Asian woman ahead of me (who had her voter registration card) wasn't on the rolls. It was disgraceful. I can only imagine how rough things can be in places like Ohio and Florida.
Democrats successfully fought off attempts to verify the rolls before the elections. Whose cryin now?
No matter what – this shouldn't happen – by Jove – New York is much more sophisticated than that – isn't it!! Talk about the infrastructure needing repairs !!!! –
Thank goodness this happenned to Tim Robbins, among the many. He will not let this drop, and neither should we.
Sorry Tim, there is no right to vote. You have a privilege to live in a country in which voting is part of the government system.
Oh wait, someone in government is trying to disenfranchise the constituency and grab and hold power? You are surprised by this?
It's the very reason our forefathers wrote a Constitution to limit the government's power, and it worked pretty well for about 120 years. Sadly those days are long gone.
Expect more chicanery to come...until we somehow get government back into its cage.