Purging of Voter Rolls in the 2016 Election
(Kris) Kobach is the driving force behind the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, or “Operation Crosscheck” – a nationwide, behind-the-scenes Republican effort which purged at least 1.1 million, mostly minority, voters from the voting rolls in 2016, often in swing states.
… Kobach’s Crosscheck list contains the names of 7.2 million people with the same first and last names who are registered to vote in more than one state. For example, if you have a common name like James Brown, or Jose Hernandez, and that name appears on the voter rolls in both Michigan and Wisconsin, your name could be purged from voter rolls in both states.
U.S. Census data shows that minorities are overrepresented in 85 percent of common last names. According to Palast, “If your last name is Washington, there’s an 89 percent chance you’re African-American. If your last name is Hernandez, there’s a 94 percent chance you’re Hispanic.”
It was enough to swing the Electoral Votes in a number of states from Clinton to Trump. Here are a few examples:
Trump victory margin in Michigan: 13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list: 449,922
Michigan Electoral Vote: 16
Trump victory margin in Arizona: 85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list: 270,824
Arizona Electoral Vote: 16
Trump victory margin in N. Carolina: 177,008
Carolina Crosscheck purge list: 589,393
North Carolina Electoral Vote: 14
…Switch 42 electoral votes from Trump’s column to Clinton’s, and she would have won the Electoral vote by 274 to 264. And that doesn’t even take into account that Trump officially won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by 22,748 popular votes and Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral Votes by 44,292 popular votes.