ACLU, citing Palast investigations, stops Crosscheck in Indiana

Written by Greg Palast

Our 2016 report for Rolling Stone exposing Kris Kobach’s Interstate Crosscheck purge program was cited several times in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU for Common Cause as the evidence that Kobach’s system of removing tens of thousands of voters in Indiana was both wildly inaccurate and racially biased in the extreme. The report cites the findings of the Palast investigations team voter address expert Mark Swedlund.

This past week, Federal District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a Summary Judgment permanently blocking Indiana’s use of Crosscheck.

Crosscheck supposedly finds voters registered in two states or voting in two states in the same election — and cancels the voters’ registration. Unlike other states which then send postcards to the alleged double voters that ask them to confirm their address, Indiana took a short cut: If you’re on Kobach’s list, you’re purged.

Until the Palast team first exposed Crosscheck for Al Jazeera in 2014, not one reporter had ever obtained and exposed the Jim Crow purge list.

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