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Inaccurate Purges of the Voter Rolls

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Purges

Type: Brief


Ill-conceived state policies concerning new statewide voter registration databases are driving eligible voters off of the rolls, through no fault of their own. Purging based on database matching can be unreliable. Purges can also be discriminatory. Purging requires matching standards appropriate for the task--and adequate procedural safeguards in addition to matching. Legitimate voters also deserve common-sense technological protection.