GOP List Would Purge 1 in 7 Black Voters

    Residents turn out to vote in mid-term elections at a polling place inside a luxury car dealer in Beverly Hills, California, on November 2, 2010. The nation's mood was dark as Democrats rallied desperately to defend President Barack Obama and angry Republicans hoped to deliver a crippling rebuke. There was little of the festive atmosphere that swept the country two years ago when Obama was elected the nation's first black US president. The mid-term elections see the lower house of Congress, plus over a third of the Senate and most governors' mansions up for grabs. But many consider the vote is a referendum on Obama himself.  AFP PHOTO Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Republican project is targeting 7 million people for purging from voter rolls across 27 states, including 1 in 7 registered African-American voters. Al Jazeera America reported the findings of a six-month-long investigation into the Interstate Crosscheck program Wednesday. The Crosscheck list claims these millions of people have voted in two or more states in the same election (a felony). However, the list is sloppy: It mismatches or ignores middle names and suffixes like Jr. and Sr. What’s worse, birthdays and Social Security mismatches are commonly ignored. In three states that provided lists, 1 in 7 blacks and 1 in 8 Hispanics are under suspicion of voting twice. The purges have already begun: 41,000 were removed from Virginia’s voter rolls. “It’s Jim Crow all over again,” said Rev. Joseph Lowery, who cofounded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr.

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