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Common Cause & ACLU Sue Indiana for Its Crosscheck Voter Purging Program

Indiana State Flay
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Crosscheck Doesn’t Make Mainstream Media, But Still Gets Sued

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is the only person I’ve heard talk about Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck, which is used to purge voter rolls in 27 Republican-led states. (That is, except for independent news shows like Thom Hartman, Democracy Now!, and The Real News Network that had Palast on as a guest.)

Despite the outrageous voter suppression, Crosscheck never broke through the mainstream media (MSM) barrier. Then Greg Palast made the 2016 documentary film about Crosscheck, called The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits. The film is both informative and entertaining. But still, it seems, hardly anyone has heard about Crosscheck.

(You can’t help but wonder… are you the only person you know who thinks Crosscheck is really important???)

Just when you think you may be going crazy, it turns out that Common Cause Indiana and ACLU Indiana know all about Crosscheck. In fact, they are suing the State of Indiana for illegally purging registered voters flagged by the Crosscheck program. The lawsuit was initiated after the recent publication of an Ivy League study, which concluded the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program does much more harm than good:

“We find that one of Crosscheck’s proposed purging strategies
would eliminate about 300 registrations
used to cast a seemingly legitimate vote
for every one registration used to cast a double vote.”

Kudos to Common Cause and the ACLU. My fingers are crossed for their legal victory.

A Film Scene: Palast Confronts Kris Kobach

In an excerpt from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast confronts Crosscheck creator, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Related Reading on Crosscheck:

Indiana Secretary of State Accused of Violating Federal Election Laws | Indy Star

Lawsuit: Indiana Using Kobach’s Flawed System to Illegally Purge Rolls | The Daily Democracy

One Person, One Vote: Estimating the Prevalence of Double Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections | Yale University, et al.

The Massive Election-Rigging Scandal the Media Ignored | AlterNet

The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession | The Washington Post


Be aware. Be fair.

 

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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