Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins has been urged to record a public service announcement (Psa) for the New York City Board of Elections - despite the actor seeking legal action following his Election Day (04Nov08) voting fiasco.

We also recognise and applaud that passion of Mr

The star went to his local polling station in Manhattan on 4 November (08) only to find his name wasn't on the list of voters.

Following a blazing row with officials, Robbins was finally able to cast his ballot after applying for a court order from a state Supreme Court judge.

But the Shawshank Redemption star was further infuriated by a letter from the New York Election Board after the incident, which accused him of simply going to the wrong polling station.

He is now consulting lawyers over the mess - but officials at the Nyc Board of Elections have invited Robbins to speak on their behalf in a bid to encourage future voter participation.

A statement from New York officials reads: "The Board of Elections in the City of New York (Nyc Boe) takes special pride in the conduct of the November 4, 2008 election. In our city of 8 million people with 4.6 million registered voters, 2.6 million registered voters went to the polls on Election Day.

"The Nyc Boe is an administrative agency charged with the responsibility for conducting elections according to the law; a law that goes to great lengths to ensure ballot security and deter election fraud. We recognise the need for all voters to be informed of all electoral procedural requirements.

"We also recognise and applaud that passion of Mr. Robbins exhibited (sic) with regard to his Election Day experience. Therefore, to harness the passion of Mr. Robbins, and to further the purpose of the Nyc Boe, we hereby extend our invitation Mr. Robbins (sic) to join the Nyc Boe to produce voter participation service announcements.".

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