Similarly, Texas has purged over 300,000 individuals from the rolls. For Texans under 30, the largest demographic in the 2008 electorate, one in five voters’ registration was suspended. According to the Houston Chronicle, an additional 1.5 million voters could be purged from the rolls if they fail to update their records or vote for two consecutive federal elections.
Between 2011 and 2012, voter identification and voter registration laws have been at the forefront of voter suppressive tactics. The legislative process, however, is limited to state sessions, executive orders, and the confines of Federal law. While conducting voter purges, states have taken to implementing mandates outside the parameters of federal law.
“Purges are more likely to pick up outside legislative sessions,” said Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau. “However, purges outside of the 90-day limitation can be enacted throughout the year and often under little oversight, leaving room for states to pursue purges that can largely impact those wholly eligible to vote.”
The NVRA excludes purging within 90-days of a Federal election. Additionally, the law states that purges can be conducted only in a way that is “uniformed, nondiscriminatory, and in compliance with the Voting Rights Act.”
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