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Monday, September 18, 2017 1:00 am

Indiana Voices

State's voter purge law is bad policy

Indiana already leads the nation in the percentage of voters purged from the rolls. A law that went into effect in July could ensure the Hoosier state maintains the distinction.

The measure, introduced as Senate Bill 442, eliminates a requirement for state officials to comply with safeguards when removing certain voters from the rolls.

Signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in April, the law is the subject of a lawsuit filed Aug. 23 in federal court. The Indiana NAACP and the League of Women Voters say in the lawsuit that Indiana's new way to cross-check names on voter rolls violates federal law and is discriminatory.

The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck system allows election officials to immediately remove voters identified as having registered to vote in another state.

State Sen. Greg Walker, one of the authors of SB 442, told the Indianapolis Star he felt certain the law was “a reasonable and effective way to keep accurate voter roll information.”

Virginia relied on the Crosscheck system to purge almost 40,000 registered voters without notice before its 2013 election. Local election officials later found error rates that were as high as 17 percent, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy institute.

Any law that complicates or creates obstacles to your right to vote is neither “reasonable” nor “effective.”

– South Bend Tribune

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