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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

GOP Attempts To Purge Voter Rolls Failing Before Midterm

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


As a key deadline approaches next week on updating statewide voter rolls before the November election, it appears a controversial data-mining operation mostly used by red states to purge legitimate voters is withering, or at least dormant, in 2018.

The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, known as Crosscheck, has been blasted in the pressacademialegal briefs, and federal court rulings for sloppy analytics that generate tens or hundreds of thousands of suspected duplicate voter registrations in member states. (It uses few data specifics, including common names, producing false positives.) Some of those states have used Crosscheck’s analyses to turn a bland voter roll bookkeeping process (removing dead people, people who moved) into a partisan cudgel.…

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How Voter Fraud Claims Got Laughed Out Of Court In Kansas

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed

In the end, the decision seemed inevitable. After a seven-day trial in Kansas City federal court in March, in which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach needed to be tutored on basic trial procedure by the judge and was found in contempt for his “willful failure” to obey a ruling, even he knew his chances were slim. Kobach told The Kansas City Star at the time that he expected the judge would rule against him (though he expressed optimism in his chances on appeal).

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