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Many Texans Bereaved Over ‘Dead’ Voter Purge : NPR

Is it a coincidence that many of the people receiving “death notices” explaining that their names were purged from voter registration lists are black or Hispanic? Absolutely not. I’m surprised they didn’t “kill off” all of the people registered as Democrats.

Texas, seriously, you need to be a little more subtle if you hope to throw the election.

“And then a quick check of some of the information on that database led us to believe that there was a big probability that even a majority of the names on the list were people that were still alive,” he says.

So Sumner announced that — in Houston at least — there would be no purge of voters until after the election. That did not please the secretary of state, who threatened Sumner with the loss of state funding unless Sumner purged his rolls. That threat went over poorly with the Houston registrar who made it publicly clear to the secretary of state that she could take her threats and …

“Well I can’t give you the exact words,” Sumner says. “But basically that they were escalating this fight and they were picking on the wrong guy because I was not going to back down and they were going to lose the battle.”

That’s where it stands now. Houston is not going to purge its voter rolls until after the election. But the rest of the state will do so. Democrats are thinking about suing Texas.

via Many Texans Bereaved Over ‘Dead’ Voter Purge : NPR.

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