Editorial: Real Problems, False Solutions with Voter Lists

Publication: The Boston Globe


02/18/2012 - Even as legislators in many states promote ID laws as the solution to an imaginary epidemic of voting fraud, the real deficiencies in America’s voter-registration processes go unaddressed.

A new report by the Pew Center on the States estimates that about 24 million voter registrations across the country are inaccurate or outdated. But rather than calling for new obstacles to those seeking to vote, the study rightfully puts the burden where it belongs: on state election officials who have not adapted to new technology and a highly mobile population.

The Pew study examined state records from voter lists and other sources, such as the National Change of Address database run by the Postal Service. It found that almost 2 million registered voters are deceased. And nearly 3 million voters are on more than one state’s list, a not entirely surprising fact given that 1 in 8 Americans moved between the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Read the full editorial, Real Problems, False Solutions with Voter Lists, on the Boston Globe's Web site.

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