Never Mind Fraudulent Voter Registrations: NY Times Examines ‘Voter Roll Purges’

October 9, 2008 - 3:39 AM
Report: Voter purges in 6 states may violate law
(AP) - The New York Times reports that tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states, and the voters' exclusion appears to violate federal law.
 
The newspaper says its findings are based on reviews of state records and Social Security data.
 
The Times says voters appear to have been purged by mistake, not because of any intentional violations by election officials or coordinated efforts by any party.
 
The newspaper says it identified apparent problems in Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina. It says some states are improperly using Social Security data to verify new voters' registration applications, and others may have broken rules that govern removing voters from the rolls within 90 days of a federal election.