Republican politicians have made it quite clear over the last 20 plus years that they do not believe in democracy. They have gerrymandered congressional districts, called for “poll watchers” to intimidate people from voting, cut available polling places to create long lines that will dissuade people from voting, and passed Voter ID laws to make it more difficult for the poor and elderly to vote.
Now, ever since the conservative majority of the Supreme Court ruled against provisions of the Voting Rights Act in a 5-4 vote in 2013, Republican politicians are taking their lack of belief in democracy to a whole new level by cancelling as many voter registrations as they can. And if they “accidentally” cancel any voter registrations they shouldn’t be cancelling, well, that’s a feature, not a bug.
Make sure to read the story in today’s Democrat-Gazette from Chelsea Boozer about a bureaucratic error that has flagged thousands of Arkansas voters to be removed from the registration rolls.
Those affected include some ex-felons now eligible to vote, as well as some 4,000 people who have never been convicted of a felony but were somehow mistakenly flagged as such in the Arkansas Crime Information Center, Boozer reports.
Thomas Brown said one of the top things on his to do list Tuesday was to cast a ballot in the Florida primary election. That plan was quickly shot down.
Brown arrived at his polling place and was told he had been purged from the list.
Nearly half a million individuals have been deleted from Indiana’s list of registered voters since the Nov. 8, 2016, general election.
It was a familiar procedure for Stricker, 37, who has moved from state to state frequently in his work as a hotel manager. He filled out a voter registration form and got his driver’s license. He was not asked for more documents, he said.
So he was stunned when he tried to cast a ballot in November 2014 and was told he was not on the voter rolls. A month later, a letter from the state said why: His registration had been placed “in suspense” because he had failed to meet a state requirement he did not know about – proving he was an American.
The reason is that millions could find their right to vote challenged or taken away under suspicion that they’re trying to vote more than once, largely due to 26 states using the Interstate Voter Crosscheck system, which compares lists of voters in different states and challenges the registration of those whose names come up more than once.
For the 1,166,000 people in the country who share the surname Garcia, this could be a problem. Likewise for the Rodriguezes (1,094,924), Jacksons (708,099), Washingtons (177,386), Kims (262,352), Patels (229,973), Lees (693,023) and Parks (106,696).
Larry Harmon, 60, hadn’t voted in a while when he drove to the high school in November 2015 to weigh in on a local referendum in Kent, Ohio. But he wasn’t allowed to cast his ballot.
“I served in the military and they tell us, ‘Oh, you’re fighting for freedom.'” he said. “Then you come back and you’re taken off the voter rolls because you didn’t vote for two elections? That doesn’t make sense. I thought that was our right.”
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is rejecting calls by the Tennessee League of Women Voters and a New York law firm to change how the state purges inactive voters from voter registration lists in light of a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in an Ohio case.
Texas election officials have been removing more people from the state’s voter rolls ever since the Supreme Court struck down a part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.
The group says the court’s decision to specifically strike down one provision of the law led to the rise in voter purges.
In West Virginia:
Despite some hiccups, local county clerks say statewide maintenance that removed more than 100,000 names from voter registration lists has gone well.
During February’s Wisconsin Supreme Court primary more than 100 people in Milwaukee had to re-register to vote even though they were living in the same address they’d originally registered under, said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.
Republican politicians do not want you to vote. The best way to stymie their undemocratic goals is to vote. So, even if you have voted recently, and most especially if you haven’t voted recently, check to make sure you are registered to vote in November.
You can check your voter registration status here:
And if you are no longer registered to vote or have never been registered to vote, you can register here: