Attacking the problem that doesn’t exist


msnbc’s Chuck Todd hosted a great discussion on new GOP voting restrictions on The Daily Rundown this morning, and as Josh Israel noted, it was particularly interesting to see the Heritage Foundation’s Brian Darling struggle to cite real-world examples of voter fraud.

Given the severity of this alleged scourge, backing up claims of systemic fraud shouldn’t be this difficult.

That has not, however, slowed the Republican drive to put new hurdles between American voters and their elections.

In Florida, the state’s most populous counties have announced they’re halting the voter-purge efforts launched by Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) administration. The move comes just a few days before Florida officially responds to the Justice Department’s intervention in the controversy.

In the meantime, an even broader effort is underway in the state of Texas (thanks to James Carter for the tip).

More than 300,000 valid voters were notified they could be removed from Texas rolls from November 2008 to November 2010 – often because they were mistaken for someone else or failed to receive or respond to generic form letters, according to Houston Chronicle interviews and analysis of voter registration data. […]

Statewide, more than 1.5 million voters could be on the path to cancellation if they fail to vote or to update their records for two consecutive federal elections: One out of every 10 Texas voters’ registration is currently suspended. Among voters under 30, the figure is about one in five.

The drive in Texas has gotten considerably less attention – in large part because it, unlike Florida, isn’t considered a swing state – but the purge in the Lone Star State involves an enormous number of voters.

Texas and Florida

Attacking the problem that doesn't exist