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“Interstate Crosscheck” – Defective by Design?

Courtesy Al Jazeera America

The Republican Party’s latest defense of Jim Crow can be seen in its bogus “Interstate Crosscheck” pseudo-software:

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.

At the heart of this voter-roll scrub is the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has generated a master list of nearly 7 million names. Officials say that these names represent legions of fraudsters who are not only registered but have actually voted in two or more states in the same election — a felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.

But there’s one small problem: The Crosscheck program is far, far more likely to find millions of false matches than it is to actually combat voter fraud. Of course, to Republicans interested in suppressing Democratic votes and voters by any means necessary, that’s a good thing. To people who actually care about democracy, it’s a horrific thing.

Here’s the Crosscheck sales pitch made by Kris Kobach, whose name you might remember from his dirty dealings in the state of Kansas:

There are 6,951,484 names on the target list of the 28 states in the Crosscheck group; each of them represents a suspected double voter whose registration has now become subject to challenge and removal. According to a 2013 presentation by Kobach to the National Association of State Election Directors, the program is a highly sophisticated voter-fraud-detection system. The sample matches he showed his audience included the following criteria: first, last and middle name or initial; date of birth; suffixes; and Social Security number, or at least its last four digits.

That was the sales pitch. But the actual lists show that not only are middle names commonly mismatched and suffix discrepancies ignored, even birthdates don’t seem to have been taken into account. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected. The Crosscheck instructions for county election officers state, “Social Security numbers are included for verification; the numbers might or might not match.”

Oh, and the Crosscheck lists have far more nonwhites on them in terms of percentage of the population than they have white people. See the graph at the top of this post.

Want to see if you’re on the Crosscheck list? AJA has a handy tool for you to find out.

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“Interstate Crosscheck” – Defective by Design?

Courtesy Al Jazeera America

The Republican Party’s latest defense of Jim Crow can be seen in its bogus “Interstate Crosscheck” pseudo-software:

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.

At the heart of this voter-roll scrub is the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has generated a master list of nearly 7 million names. Officials say that these names represent legions of fraudsters who are not only registered but have actually voted in two or more states in the same election — a felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.

But there’s one small problem: The Crosscheck program is far, far more likely to find millions of false matches than it is to actually combat voter fraud. Of course, to Republicans interested in suppressing Democratic votes and voters by any means necessary, that’s a good thing. To people who actually care about democracy, it’s a horrific thing.

Here’s the Crosscheck sales pitch made by Kris Kobach, whose name you might remember from his dirty dealings in the state of Kansas:

There are 6,951,484 names on the target list of the 28 states in the Crosscheck group; each of them represents a suspected double voter whose registration has now become subject to challenge and removal. According to a 2013 presentation by Kobach to the National Association of State Election Directors, the program is a highly sophisticated voter-fraud-detection system. The sample matches he showed his audience included the following criteria: first, last and middle name or initial; date of birth; suffixes; and Social Security number, or at least its last four digits.

That was the sales pitch. But the actual lists show that not only are middle names commonly mismatched and suffix discrepancies ignored, even birthdates don’t seem to have been taken into account. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected. The Crosscheck instructions for county election officers state, “Social Security numbers are included for verification; the numbers might or might not match.”

Oh, and the Crosscheck lists have far more nonwhites on them in terms of percentage of the population than they have white people. See the graph at the top of this post.

Want to see if you’re on the Crosscheck list? AJA has a handy tool for you to find out.

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