Did a computerized system designed to prevent voter fraud alter Senate and governor races in favor of GOP candidates?
That’s the question being asked by the website Reader Supported News, which on Monday published a report about the Interstate Crosscheck system, one that is meant to identify fraudulent voters.
The website reported that while the system, which is supposed to identify names of people who voted twice in the same election in two different states. While not only single illegal vote was identified the the system, the news agency indicated that it has identified nearly 7 million names of folks the system suspects of double voting.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
There is good reason to believe that Crosscheck-related voter purges helped propel Republican candidates to slim victories in Senate races in Colorado and North Carolina, as well a tight gubernatorial race in Kansas.
Interstate Crosscheck is a computer system designed to capture the names of voters who have Illegally voted twice in the same election in two different states. The program is run by Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach’s office compares the complete voting rolls of participating states to tag “potential” double voters, those who have illegally voted twice in the same election in two states.
These names are then sent back to the state governments to inform an investigation of duplicate names on the voter rolls. While Kobach advertises Crosscheck as matching numerous identifiers, including the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of voters, a six-month investigation by Al Jazeera America revealed that Crosscheck rosters caught nothing more than matching first and last names. And voters remain on the suspect list even when middle names, Social Security numbers and suffixes (Jr., Sr.) don’t match. Yet all these people — the list contains nearly seven million names — are subject to losing their vote.
Among the 27 states that utilize the system, RSN reported that Republicans control most of the top election positions.
The story continued:
Duplicate or double voting is a crime punishable by (two) to 10 years in prison. Yet, despite this supposed vote-fraud crime wave, not one suspect on Crosscheck lists was charged, although prosecutors would have access to any alleged fraudsters’ names and addresses.
The Crosscheck list purges could easily account for Republican victories in at least two Senate races. In North Carolina, the GOP’s Thom Tillis won over incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan by just 48,511 votes. Crosscheck tagged a breathtaking 589,393 North Carolinians as possible illegal double voters (though state elections officials cut that down to roughly 190,000).
In Colorado, Republican Cory Gardner was able to force out incumbent Senator Mark Udall in a race that had poll-watchers guessing all summer. The outcome might have been more predictable if Colorado had made public that 300,842 of the state’s voters were now subject to being purged from the voter rolls.
It should be noted that not everyone on the Crosscheck list loses their vote. However, some of the purges of names on voter rolls was significant – such as one in Virginia, which canceled the registrations of more than 41,000 voters – more than 13 percent of those on the list. The number of purged registration in other states such as North Carolina and Ohio are not known because those states reportedly have refused to release that information.
RSN also noted that the controversy is just beginning. Because the process of removing names from the voter rolls is long and involved, it is expected to make a large impact in 2016.
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