Monday, September 26, 2016
We Have To Watch These Bastards Every Second
Under Husted, Ohio joined with twenty-seven other states in using a "system" called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, developed by Kris Kobach, arch-conservative Kansas Secretary of State. The states share their voter lists and Crosscheck's database searches for voters registered in multiple states. It compares first, middle and last names, dates of birth, and the last four digits of SSN's. All this is done in the name of the Great Republican Myth: preventing "voter fraud."
Crosscheck has flagged an unbelievable 7.2 million suspected names! Wow! That's a lot of double voters! Of course, a grand total of only four people have so far been charged with voting twice or intentionally registering to vote in more than one state. Four out of seven million. But what the hell. Crosscheck dutifully sends it lists of potential duplicate voters to the states, for them to do what they will with them (like purge them from the lists of voters).
The reality is that Crosscheck's program is deeply flawed and their data is bogus -- middle names, birthdates, SSN's, Jr.'s and Sr.'s are ignored or not even provided. Mark Swedlund, a database expert from eBay and American Express, called Crosscheck's methodology "childish" and said, "God forbid your name is Garcia, of which there are 858,000 in the U.S., and your first name is Joseph or Jose. You're probably suspected of voting in 27 states."
Essentially, all Crosscheck does is spew out a bunch of common names -- Jones, Washington, Hernandez, Kim. "I can't tell you what the intent was," says Swedlund. "I can only tell you the outcome. And the outcome is discriminatory against minorities."
Ohio voting-rights attorney Bob Fitrakis puts it bluntly: "Husted doesn't want to match middle names because he doesn't want real matches. They're targeting people with clearly defined ethnic names that typically vote for the Democratic Party. Husted wants to win Ohio the only way he knows how -- by taking away the rights of citizens to vote."