Purging Voters of Color is on the Rise
Voter Purges, a new report by the Brennan Center, shows that states with a history of racial discrimination are reportedly purging their voter rolls at higher rates than other states. The Center reviewed voter purges across the country from 2012 to 2016 and found they were occurring at a higher rate in states that, before 2013, had special restrictions under the Voting Rights Act. That was the year the Supreme Court struck down the part of the law which required nine states with a history of discriminating against minorities to get the Justice Department's permission before changing their election laws. The practice appears to be a methodical effort that disproportionately affects minority voters. Black and Hispanic voters are more likely to move, often in the same jurisdiction, but voter purges based on address eliminate them from voting. Officials also use “voter caging” which intentionally sends mail to verify addresses in a format that cannot be forwarded, leading to the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of eligible voters. Some states purge rolls based solely on names but non-whites are more likely to have the same names. For what it’s worth, almost every study ever done shows that in-person voter fraud is almost nonexistent. See the full report here.