Concurrent to the ongoing issue over foreign — specifically Russian — meddling in our electoral processes, there remains a serious problem with those who should be able to vote to be able to do so. Many states — especially those controlled by Republicans — have imposed harsh voting laws that in some cases effectively bar minorities from voting.
Now, there is an acute, renewed reason to be concerned. South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs — who is a Republican — is running for Congress, and under her supervision, the total number of Democrats on state voter rolls has gone down 2.63 percent in just the last month thanks to a “purge” of inactive voters from state records.
This process in of itself — removing voters from state records if they are deemed “inactive” — is controversial enough. The Dakota Free Press has uncovered, however, that Democrats have dropped from state voter rolls thanks to Krebs’ “purge” at an alarmingly faster rate than Republicans.
In the already cited, most recent “purge,” only 1.87 percent of the state’s Republican voters got dropped off voter rolls.
Since a peak in Democratic registration back in mid-2009, the total number of Republicans registered to vote in the state has gone up by some 2.6 percent. However, in this same time frame, the total number of Democrats on state voter rolls has gone down by a whopping 20.5 percent.
This data — including the relevant data for Independent South Dakota voters — is summarized in the table below.
The Dakota Free Press’ Cory Allen Heidelberger acknowledges that the drop-off in active Democratic voters in South Dakota could be due to “natural causes” — but it might not be.
As he grimly postulates:
‘The Secretary of State is a Republican running for Congress. When she pulls up the list of voters whom the state hasn’t heard from for a while, it wouldn’t be hard to sort that list by party and start with the Democrats first.’
It’s not as though this would be the first time Republicans have done something like this. During the last election season, a Wisconsin Republican admitted to his state’s voter laws being meant to keep those who would vote Republicans out of office away from the polls.
The Trump Administration has pretended to address these issues through the establishment of a voter fraud commission — but that commission is slanted to look for imaginary people who voted illegally, not for those who have been kept from voting when they should have been allowed to.
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