A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act

The Brennan Center's Myrna Pérez discusses the threat of voter purges on the anniversary of the VRA

August 6, 2018

Excerpted from The Hill, where it was first published.

In a recent report, we found that purges have increased across the country, particularly in the handful of states that used to be subject to preclearance. In fact, had purge rates continued in these areas at the same pace as rates in jurisdictions not subject to preclearance at the time of Shelby County, two million fewer voters would have been deleted from voter rolls between the elections of 2012 and 2016. Overall, between the federal elections of 2014 and 2016, almost four million more names were purged from the rolls than between 2006 and 2008.

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