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GOP Risks Purging Eligible Voters in Drive to Cull States’ Rolls

  • Bills seek to require lists be checked against other sources
  • Some databases have proved to have significant error rates
California Residents Cast Ballots During Early Voting For U.S. Presidential Election
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Republican lawmakers across the country are proposing an aggressive culling of voter rolls by checking names against other government databases that may be flawed, meaning eligible voters could be swept out and blocked from voting.

Nationally, at least 50 bills have been proposed that would trim voter rolls more vigorously than in previous legislative sessions, and several have already been signed into law, spurred by record turnout in the 2020 election and allegations, led by former President Donald Trump, that the outcome was somehow rigged.