A voter purge list sent out to all counties by state officials of alleged out-of-state voters turns out to be highly inaccurate. One county election registrar examined a list of 1000 names and found 170 incorrect entries. If they use that list to purge the county’s Qualified Voter File, those people will be denied the right to vote.
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, a Republican who provided a statement included in the memorandum filed by the Democratic Party, said the purge list included voters whose out-of-state registration data were 10 years older than more recent, valid registration and voting history in Virginia.
“If I can find a 17 percent error rate among 1,000, what am I going to find when I start digging?” Haake said.
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.
The Democratic Party in Virginia have filed suit to prevent this purge from happening. Haake is a Republican but has the integrity not to want to violate anyone’s right to vote. This has long been the modus operandi of Republican election officials. In 2008, Michigan Sec. of State Terri Lynn Land tried the same thing, sending out a voter purge list a few weeks before an election and demanding that county clerks remove everyone on the list from the voter rolls. A federal judge ruled that she had violated federal law in doing so.