The Purge: A Real-Life Horror Movie for Voters

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No matter how you say it, the word “purge” doesn’t sound good — and for the millions of U.S. voters who have been secretly removed from the rolls, it’s even worse. Between 2014 and 2016, state elected officials removed nearly 16 million voters from their rolls for no good reason–often incorrectly marking voters as ineligible or dead without even telling them. If someone with your name (or one like yours) committed a felony, your Secretary of State may have purged your name! And you won’t know it until you show up at your polling place on Election Day and find out that you’re no longer registered.

We all know that mistakes happen when names are similar. But a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice investigated this disturbing trend. They found a dramatic increase in these kind of removals since the Supreme Court lifted a key clause of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for states with a history of racist voter suppression.

The Republican candidate for Georgia governor, Brian Kemp (who also happens to be GA’s Secretary of State), is holding back 53,000 newly registered Georgia voters because he claims their names were flagged by an automated system. 70 percent of the flagged voters are African-American, even though Georgia’s population as a whole is 30 percent African-American. Something isn’t right here.

Make sure you’re registered to vote. Find out here and let your friends and family know so that they can check too. Don’t risk showing up on Election Day and finding out you’re the victim of a purge! This election is too important to be a victim of this horror show.

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