A just-posted CNN.com story by Abbie Boudreau and Scott Bronstein reports that “more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been ‘flagged’ because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.
“Experts say lists of people with mismatches are often systematically cut, or ‘purged,’ from voter rolls. It’s a scenario that’s being repeated all across the country, raising fears of potential vote suppression in crucial swing states.
“‘What most people don’t know is that every year, elections officials strike millions of names from the voter rolls using processes that are secret, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation,’ said Wendy Weiser, an elections expert with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.
“That means that lots and lots of eligible voters could get knocked off the voter rolls without any notice and, in many cases, without any opportunity to correct it before Election Day.”
On top of which a 10.24 N.Y. Times story by Dan Frosch reports that “a national voter group filed a lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman alleging that as many as 30,000 voters had been purged from the rolls in Colorado. According to the Advancement Project, which filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in Denver, Mr. Coffman, a Republican, illegally disqualified thousands of voters by removing them from voter rolls within 90 days of Election Day, which is prohibited by federal law.”