Here's that Al-Jazeera report on the manifest flaws
in the Crosscheck voter system being pushed by the right-wing Republican secretary of state in Kansas, Kris Kobach.
CROSSCHECK: Leslie Rutledge turns up as possible double voter on controversial national voter check system. Republicans generally like this program, if maybe not in this instance.
Supposedly a sophisticated multi-state crosscheck program to identify people who've voted fraudulently in multiple states, it produces many errors and seems likely to result in huge voter purges disproportionately affecting Asian, black and Latino voters. Greg Palast, who broke the George Bush/Tim Griffin voter caging operation in Florida, led this reporting project.
Unexpected bonus I just discovered: The system identifies Leslie Rutledg
e as a possible double voter in Virginia and Arkansas
This is rich.
, the Republican candidate for attorney general in Arkansas, has been outed for registering to vote in D.C.
then later voting absentee in Little Rock. She's said this was all squeaky clean. She also was registered later in Virginia. It doesn't release voting records and so we've never known for sure if Rutledge double-voted or not, though she says not and gaps in Arkansas voting give her room for votes there.
But now comes a voter check system with the seal of approval of a leading Republican. Al-Jazeera says this system is fatally flawed. It did this by running down names on voter lists in several states, including Virginia. And it provided a link to run your name — or any name — through the system for possible dual voting.
Virginia? I realized that it — serendipity — happened to be one of the states Rutledge called home. I plugged in the names Rutledge and Leslie and —— voila! You can do it in the comfort of your own home. Here's what I got.
I've asked her campaign if they care to comment. Did she double vote? Or is this another piece of Republican election tomfoolery that happened to embarrass a Republican candidate for a top legal office in the process?
From the story:
With millions of suspects, one question keeps arising: Why have there been no mass convictions? Kobach proudly proclaims that Kansas has “referred” 14 voters for prosecution for double voting. And none of them has been convicted.Yet demands to purge lists of double voters have reached a histrionic volume. In April of this year, former presidential counselor Dick Morris told Fox TV audiences that “probably over a million people that voted twice in [the 2012] election. This is the first concrete evidence we’ve ever had of massive voter fraud.”
Arkansas is listed as a participant in the Crosscheck program. I've asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office if that's accurate and if the program has produced evidence of double voting and led to removal of Arkansas voters from the state rolls.
UPDATE: Indeed the Arkansas secretary of state participates in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck. It began participation when Charlie Daniels was secretary of state. The office can't readily tell me how many, if any voters, have been removed as a result of the crosscheck. Mark Myers, who responded to my request, complained about a "deluge" of requests to the office during the busy voting season. Any questions about Leslie Rutledge he referred to Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane, who removed Rutledge from the roles after being told of her multiple registrations. She later re-registered in Arkansas.
UPDATE II: The secretary of state's office now says it has no hand in information produced by the crosscheck system, that it is sent directly to county clerks.