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Voter Purge Project in Vice

Vice News talked with founder of the Ohio Voter Project and author of the Voter Purge Project’s data cleaning and analysis methodology Steve Tingley-Hock about our work to track wrongful data purges across the country.

“When I ran the initial queries, that was my first indication that there was a serious problem here,” Steve says of the initial Ohio records that showed about 40,000 voters were set to be wrongfully purged. Steve, along with the VPP, now collects and analyzes data for 16 states.

Watch the full video below, and read more about what we are doing with this data in our report.

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Voter Purge Project Report

On October 1, we released Unnecessary Disenfranchisement: Voter Purges Around the Country, a report detailing our work to monitor and organize against wrongful purges across the country.

Read the full report below for background on the project, our methods, and what we are doing to ensure eligible voters are informed of their voter status as November’s elections draw near.

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Voter Purge Project

Did you get a text from us? Public election records show that your name has been removed from the state voter list, which may mean that you are not eligible to vote in this November’s presidential election.

But it’s not too late to re-register!

Register again, and join over 130 million Americans in voting this year. Registering takes just two minutes.

About Voter Purge Project:

We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to protecting eligible voters against disenfranchisement. Through our research, we have identified voters who have been removed from their state’s voter lists – and we want to help them get back on before November.

Contact us: info@voterpurgeproject.org.

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Washington

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Louisiana

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Delaware

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Will Young People Who Protest Also Vote?

Spectrum News One, Cleveland, Ohio

Tweeting, Instagramming, protesting —all things that Millennials and Generation Z embrace. But what about voting?

According to the Ohio Voter Project, which analyzes election data, as of July 1, there are approximately 740,000 voters, ages 18-24 registered to vote in the state, compared to 3 million people age 50 and older.

Based on the most recent population data from the state of Ohio published in 2018, only about 70 percent of younger eligible voters are registered for the November election. For eligible voters 50 and older, that figure is nearly 90 percent.

Watch the full story here.

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Colorado

For more information about these reports and the Voter Purge Project methods, please contact info@voterpurgeproject.org.

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Arkansas

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One IT Guy’s Spreadsheet-Fueled Race to Restore Voting Rights

From WIRED Magazine September 2020 Issue:

Armed with [Steve Tingley-Hock’s], work, voter rights groups in a handful of states are trying to plug these holes in the voter registration system—before hundreds of thousands of voters are drained from the rolls ahead of the presidential election. It’s the story of database nerds, armed with a deep knowledge of SQL, trying to preserve democracy in America.

“One of the scandals here,” Rathke said, “is that some lists are exorbitantly expensive. In Alabama, it costs over $36,000 every time you pull a list. In Wisconsin, which has a huge issue around their purges, it’s $12,500.” So far, Rathke’s organization [Voter Purge Project] is working toward a regular vetting of voter rolls in 13 states. He is preparing to sue nine states, including Wisconsin, to obtain lower-cost access to their voter lists.

Read the full story in WIRED here.