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Voter Purging Process Is Shrouded in Secrecy, Prone to Error and Vulnerable to Manipulation A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice has found voters across the country are being purged through a process that is shrouded in secrecy, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation. The Brennan Center is calling on states to develop and publish uniform, non-discriminatory rules for purges; provide public notice of pending purges; make purge lists publicly available; and develop rules for individuals to challenge the purge list. Myrna Pérez, author of the Voter Purges report and an attorney for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Voter purging is a way of updating or changing a voter registration list, such that when a person goes to vote on Election Day, he or she finds himself or herself unable to cast a regular ballot or a ballot that will count. Purging happens all across the country probably every day. It is part of the process that states use to maintain and update their voter registration rolls, and it is very important for all of us that states and localities have good and accurate rolls. The problem is, is this process happens in secret, without accountability, in a haphazard and slipshod manner. And very frequently, voters dont know that theyve been erroneously purged until they actually show up and vote. So, has computerized voter rolls made it easier to purge? It certainly has. And Im not of the belief that the computerized voter rolls are
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