If you prove that a person voted for the same election in two states, you have proven voter fraud. If you prove that two people in different states have the same name, you have evidence that they have the same name. Interstate Crosscheck has proven that many people have the same names. It has proven absolutely nothing about voter fraud because it is not a list of who voted.
Interstate Crosscheck is the pet project of Kansas Republican secretary of state, Kris Kobach. The program cross-matched names from 110-million registered voters nationwide. Nearly seven million matched names were generated nationwide by this program, so we have good evidence that some seven million registered voters have the same name as another registered voter. Republicans are claiming this is evidence of widespread voter fraud, which it is not, and they are using these duplicate names to deny the vote to many thousands of voters, the purpose being to dilute the vote for Democrats.
proves absolutely nothing
about voter fraud.
The news agency Al Jazeera America published the results of their long investigation of IC. They were able to obtain lists of registered voters from three states, Georgia, Virginia, and Washington, which resulted in finding over two million names of registered voters that were matched to other names.
IC matches names on these criteria: first name, second name or initial, last name, date of birth, social security number (or last 4), state. The odds are very high that almost everyone in the US has the same name as at least one other person in another state. These odds increase when a middle name is either eliminated or given as an initial. To give a personal example of how easy it is to match names, at my doctoral graduation I was seated next to a man with my name except for a different middle name. This was a large university, but the number of doctoral graduates was not large. My name is not nearly as common as many others, but there are dozens of people with my name in the country, most of whom would appear on voter roles.
IC is one of several Republican plans
whose sole purpose is to disenfranchise voters.
Thus, numerous names on the list are nothing but more-or-less the same names of people who live in different states, and perhaps some additional matching information—or not. Amazingly, Social Security numbers are supposedly included only “for verification”, and “may or may not match”, according to IC documentation. So the single criterion that might provide the most important evidence for voter fraud is simply ignored, because, of course, that is not the purpose.
Republican supporters claim the list documents widespread voter fraud. It does nothing of the sort. Rather, it is itself a fraudulent plan to prevent voting by people Republicans consider “undesirable” voters, namely poor, elderly, immigrant, and minority voters, because they tend to vote for Democratic candidates. This is exactly what is found on the lists, names that are common among racial and social groups that Republicans would term undesirable.
Republican supporters of IC
say the list documents
widespread voter fraud.
It does nothing of the sort.
Al Jazeera contacted a number of people that IC judged to be voter frauds, and found that virtually all of the “matches” were actually two people. In cases where a real match was found, such as when a person moved to a new state and hadn’t unregistered in his former state, the old voter registration was shown as “inactive”. They uncovered no actual fraud in their study. The number of genuine fraud cases is vanishingly small (the only ones I’ve heard of being Republican voting authorities themselves), and incapable of deciding even a local election. The IC lists are incapable of documenting fraud. However, they are being enthusiastically used to deny the right to vote, which is exactly what they were intended to do.
In my own case, providing my last and first names matched me with five names in Georgia and Virginia alone. While this was name only, the chances are high that I could be designated as a voter fraud if one other of the criteria matched, since the criteria do not require exact matches for all of them, and ignore the social security number. The odds increase greatly when names from the other forty-seven states are included. The chances are rather high, then, that you, dear voter, could personally be denied the vote because your name is the same as someone registered to vote in another state.
If even a small fraction of these “matched” names are judged to be voter frauds, tens or hundreds of thousands of people will be disenfranchised. Since the probability is high that these would be Democratic voters, there is a very real danger that close electoral races could be distorted to give the Republican candidate victory because of their fraud.
But that’s what the Republican “voter fraud” campaign has always been about. The real voter fraud is being propagated by Interstate Checklist and other Republican darlings.