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On Reducing Voter Rolls in Shelby County

A spring cleaning of Shelby County’s voter rolls, based on identifying names of people who had not cast ballots in any federal election since 2006, has resulted in voting rolls that as recently as March showed 611,937 voters now listing just 431,054 names, reports Zack McMillan.
The commission says there is a simple explanation for how some 180,000 names vanished from the publicly available voting rolls.
The most substantial change involved moving 151,826 people who have not voted in any of the two most recent federal election cycles to “inactive” status. Those voters remain eligible to vote, but since they have not voted in any federal election over a four-year stretch, they are no longer considered “active” voters, and the commission, under the control of county Republicans since 2010, has decided to include only the “active” voters on its registered voting statistics.
If an “inactive” voter happens to show up to vote in any federal election over the next four years, that voter moves back to active status. The election commission also notifies voters by mail that their status has changed and supplies a form and business-reply envelope the voter can send back to stay on “active” status.
But if a voter does not show up to vote in any federal election over an eight-year span and fails to otherwise contact the commission, that voter is purged from the rolls.
A smaller number of people, about 32,781, were affected by the more consequential process of being purged. Another 5,000 were purged based on other factors, including felony conviction, notification of address change or notice of death.
Add up those numbers — or subtract them, as it were — and the result, according to commission chairman Robert Meyers, “increases the accuracy of our voter registration rolls.”
It may also work to increase the credibility of the county’s voters. Take that 2008 presidential election. Presuming the voting rolls then should have been closer to the current 431,054 than the nearly 600,000 listed at the time, the voting turnout jumps to close to 90 percent.

TN GOP Denounces Lincoln Davis Lawsuit

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN – In response to former Democrat Congressman Lincoln Davis’ clear attempts to make a political statement by suing the state for properly purging state voter registrations, including felons and the deceased, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement:
“This lawsuit has nothing to do with voter integrity and everything to do with vengeance. Lincoln Davis just can’t let it go that he overwhelmingly lost his Congressional seat in 2010 and is now seeking revenge,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“He has sought to seek the limelight and make a political statement by wanting to restore the voting rights of thousands of convicted felons and dead people who were properly purged from voter rolls.
“It’s hard to make Democrats like Lincoln Davis understand the importance of having to show a photo ID, when he doesn’t even think that you should have to produce a pulse in order to vote.
“While Republicans want to protect the ballot box from voter fraud, Democrats like Lincoln Davis are still licking their wounds, wasting taxpayers’ money,” concluded Devaney.

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To Purge or Not to Purge For Incorrect Information

Two Knoxville legislators debated Tuesday whether incorrect information on a voter registration form should lead to the voter being purged from voter roles.
As introduced by Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, HB376 would permit county election commissioners make “random” checks of new voter forms for accuracy. Current law requires that they review all new forms.
But Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, proposed to amend the measure to also allow purging of voters who put false information on their forms or leave a question blank, such as those asking whether the voter is a U.S. citizen or a convicted felon.
That brought a protest from Rep. Harry Tindell, D-Knoxville, who said “innocent mistakes of a clerical nature” – should not be punished by purging. He gave examples such as transposing figures on a Social Security number or forgetting to put a check a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question.

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