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:
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