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Using Databases to Keep Eligible Voters Off the Rolls

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Databases

Type: Brief


Ill-conceived state policies concerning new statewide voter registration databases are keeping eligible voters off of the rolls, through no fault of their own. Database matching can be unreliable. States can ensure that voter registration lists are as complete and accurate as possible while still safeguarding votersÂ’ rights. States should adopt flexible matching standards for new registrants. Most states have protective procedures in the event no match can be found. Protecting legitimate voters also requires common-sense technological safeguards.