Thursday, October 30, 2014

GOP using sloppy software called 'Crosscheck,' touted by KS Sec'y of State Kris Kobach, to brazenly bar voters surnamed 'Jackson,' 'Garcia' and 'Kim'

Jamie Bouie of Slate reports on a six-month-long investigation conducted by Greg Palast for Al Jazeera exposing a shameless GOP initiative to suppress votes in the forthcoming election:
     Specifically, officials have a master list of 6.9 million suspected “potential double voters.” And in Virginia, Georgia, and Washington the lists are “heavily over-weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel, and Kim,” all common to Democratic-leaning minority groups.
      The process for checking those names, a computer program called Crosscheck—touted by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a vocal supporter for voter identification—is incredibly inaccurate. “The actual lists,” notes Al Jazeera America, “show that not only are middle names mismatched, and suffix discrepancies ignored, even conflicting birthdates are disregarded. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores any Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected.”

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