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More voting rights blues

Al Jazeera has a very informative (and, of course, depressing) piece on the issue of voter purging and its disproportionate effect on people of color in the United States.

While I had been aware of the Florida Secretary of State purging suspected felons from the voting rolls, I hadn't know about the Crosscheck program, which flags voters for removal from voter registries if they are suspected of voting in two different states at once. This usually happens based on two people having the same first and last names. Even though, in a country of 300,000,000+ people, it's probably pretty damn easy to guess that multiple people in different states would have the same first and last names. It's also a pretty big problem because

a sixth of all Asian-Americans share just 30 surnames and 50 percent of minorities share common last names, versus 30 percent of whites.


Surprise, surprise, states just so happen to be using voter suppression tactics that just so happen to affect POC more than white people! And if you look at the list of at the bottom of the article, you can see that more than 2/3 of Secretaries of State in states using the Crosscheck Program are Republicans. Why do you think Republicans would be interested in purging POC voters from the rolls? HMMMM...

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