A new report provides information of voters being kicked off of voting rolls in those states which have shown a long history of discrimination. There is speculation that his may be one of the effects of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.
Voters are being deleted from the rolls at a significantly higher rate than they were a decade ago, creating the possibility that an increasing number of citizens will be disenfranchised in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.
According to a new study from the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 4 million more names were deleted from the rolls between 2014 and 2016 than in a comparable period between 2006 and 2008—a 33 percent increase that far outpaces the increase in the number of eligible voters.
The Brennan Report emphasized how states with a history of racial discrimination have purged rolls more aggressively than other states.
Nine southern states previously had to get approval from the Department of Justice to change voting policies under a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but the Supreme Court struck down that measure in 2013.
The center highlighted Texas, Georgia and Virginia as states impacted by the 2013 Supreme Court ruling with higher rates of voter purging.
While careful purging is a necessary part of election administration, aggressive purges have long been used as a voter suppression tool, and often target poor and minority voters at significantly higher rates.
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This year's mid-term elections may stymie voters who plan to vote, if when they reach their polls they discover that they are no longer registered.
Myrna Pérez , an attorney at the Brennan Center and one of the report’s authors wrote in a New York Times op-ed Friday. “These voters may have to cast provisional ballots. Or worse, they could be turned away.”
Aggressive voter purges are emerging as a new and critical front in battles over voting rights. For several years now, a small group of conservative activists have used the threat of litigation to scare counties into removing more people from the rolls, even filing lawsuits to force counties to use more aggressive purges. And last month, Ohio won a case before the Supreme Court that its aggressive purging program legal nationwide.
Under the Trump administration, the problem is likely to get worse. Rather than intervening to stop aggressive purges, the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking steps to support the conservative activists urging more aggressive ones.
The Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act five years ago. Since then, a number of voter suppression actions have occurred in certain states; such as sending notices to Democratic voting precincts that elections were being held on a date other than the authentic one; decreasing voting times and dates in targeted districts, and now high purge rates.. . . the Supreme Court gutted the law in Shelby County v. Holder, and states and counties previously under preclearance were free to amend their laws without approval. The result is a long list of new laws and other changes that disproportionately affect minorities.
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