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  •  Voter purge (3+ / 0-)
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    PorridgeGun, laurnj, Phoenix Woman

    I've been surprised that in the coverage of this race since the election, I haven't heard anything about what effect the voter purge might have on the results.  It seems that possibly disenfranchising a disproportionate number of Democrats should be news.  This election may not have been nearly this close.

    The Republicons would have played this differently if the shoe was on the other foot.  From day one they would be pushing the point that this was a corrupt election, and even if they lost the Democratic winner was not legitimate.

    •  Probably little (1+ / 0-)
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      Phoenix Woman

      Unlike other states, Virginia has always had a long tradition of regular purges of the voter rolls and it hasn't been controversial. Virginia's voter id law is also pretty benign.

      •  The Democrats were suing (1+ / 0-)
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        Phoenix Woman

        I think it was controversial.  It was also done very shortly before the election, minimizing the time to do it right.

      •  well, this wasn't the most regular purge (1+ / 0-)
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        In Chesterfield County, Registrar Lawrence C. Haake III said that in the list of the more than 2,200 active and inactive voters he was told to purge, a preliminary examination revealed more than 170 errors among about 1,000 active voters....

        Haake said he concluded there was not enough time before the Nov. 5 election to correctly review the list and weed out the registrations that should be purged from those that should be preserved.

        Richmond Times-Dispatch

        I agree that it probably didn't have a big impact -- local officials weren't supposed to indiscriminately purge everyone on their lists, and I don't know of evidence that any did -- but the timing was poor. It should be noted that Haake is a Republican, and that his 2R-1D board backed him up.

        "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

        by HudsonValleyMark on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:46:52 AM PST

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        •  What is unusual is that (0+ / 0-)

          the purges usually take place over the winter, of anyone who has not voted in four consecutive years.

          •  timing and method (0+ / 0-)

            This purge was based on data shared across states. I don't object to that in principle, but the implementation was unsound.

            "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

            by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 05:17:52 AM PST

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