Washington Babylon — October 1, 2008, 8:36 am

Striking Voters: If you look hard, you might see a pattern

From the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law:

Election officials across the country are routinely striking millions of voters from the rolls through a process that is shrouded in secrecy, prone to error, and vulnerable to manipulation…[B]etween 2004 and 2006, thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported purging more than 13 million voters from registration rolls…

In Mississippi earlier this year, a local election official discovered that another official had wrongly purged 10,000 voters from her home computer just a week before the presidential primary.

In Muscogee, Georgia this year, a county official purged 700 people from the voter lists, supposedly because they were ineligible to vote due to criminal convictions. The list included people who claimed to have never even received a parking ticket.

In Louisiana, including areas hit hard by hurricanes, officials purged approximately 21,000 voters, ostensibly for registering to vote in another state, but did not provide adequate opportunity to contest the records.

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