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On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Zach D Roberts

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act the right to vote has never been more under threat. There aren’t direct poll taxes or tests, there’s no Bull Connor spraying people with fire hoses.

There’s an entire operation that works behind the scenes to restrict your right to vote – without you even knowing it. Which is why, today, I am reposting this story from 2014. I worked on this investigation for 6 months, filed FOIA’s and traveled 1000’s of miles to research, film and photograph with Greg Palast for Al Jazeera America. What we uncovered was a national database that could remove hundreds of thousands of votes in the coming election, if not stopped. We received a bit of buzz for it last year, even won an international data journalism award – but our main concern is making sure that you know that your vote is under attack. So please read – and share widely.

Mead Treadwell signed up Alaska for it in 2014 – so even citizens of the 49th state should be aware.

From Al Jazeera America by Greg Palast

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.

At the heart of this voter-roll scrub is the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has generated a master list of nearly 7 million names. Officials say that these names represent legions of fraudsters who are not only registered but have actually voted in two or more states in the same election — a felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.

Until now, state elections officials have refused to turn over their Crosscheck lists, some on grounds that these voters are subject to criminal investigation. Now, for the first time, three states — Georgia, Virginia and Washington — have released their lists to Al Jazeera America, providing a total of just over 2 million names.

The Crosscheck list of suspected double voters has been compiled by matching names from roughly 110 million voter records from participating states. Interstate Crosscheck is the pet project of Kansas’ controversial Republican secretary of state, Kris Kobach, known for his crusade against voter fraud.

The three states’ lists are heavily weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim — ones common among minorities, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, fully 1 in 7 African-Americans in those 27 states, plus the state of Washington (which enrolled in Crosscheck but has decided not to utilize the results), are listed as under suspicion of having voted twice. This also applies to 1 in 8 Asian-Americans and 1 in 8 Hispanic voters. White voters too — 1 in 11 — are at risk of having their names scrubbed from the voter rolls, though not as vulnerable as minorities.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera America.




5 Responses to “On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act”
  1. mike from iowa says:

    Happy 50th VRA from wingnut party.

    • Alaska Pi says:


    • Really? says:

      mfi- at first I didn’t “get” the Petition for Divorce, but , I do now. , and as sad as a divorce can be, it did make me laugh. ( I have never been divorced, but have been part of the debris of a few)
      Happy 50th

      • mike from iowa says:

        Past time this sham marriage was dissolved. Wingnuts have been documented cheaters of voting rights for a long time. They say one thing and do quite another about protecting voter’s rights.

  2. mike from iowa says:

    Voter fraud committed by wingnuts claiming to be eliminating voter fraud. On a lighter note,the 5th circuit court of appeals in Nawlins voted 3-0 that Texas restictive voter I D law violates section 2 of the VRA.

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