'Cleansing' of State Voter Rolls Complete

By Kabler, Phil | Sunday Gazette-Mail, September 2, 2018 | Go to article overview

'Cleansing' of State Voter Rolls Complete


Kabler, Phil, Sunday Gazette-Mail


More than 100K names removed during process

Despite some hiccups, local county clerks say statewide maintenance that removed more than 100,000 names from voter registration lists has gone well.

"There's not a clerk in the state that wouldn't want somebody who wants to be registered to not be, Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said.

In August, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that his office, working in conjunction with the 55 county clerks, had completed what he described as a long overdue "cleansing of the rolls.

While that process, as Elections Division director and deputy legal counsel Donald Kersey explained, involved using traditional methods such as obtaining death notices or Division of Corrections' lists of new inmates, it also used new software to flag voters with duplicate addresses.

The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) allows participating states to compare voter registration data against other data, including Division of Motor Vehicles licenses and vehicle registrations, and listed home addresses.

Two groups in particular that seem to have had their registrations flagged with ERIC are college students, who have a campus address but are registered to vote in their home county, and those who had rural route addresses changed to street addresses to comply with E-911 requirements, and still have the rural routes on their voter registration.

In either case, those individuals should have received a confirmation card in the mail to verify which address is correct.

"We have had a lot of 911 addresses, Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said. "We think we're keeping up with that.

She called ERIC simply another tool to help keep voter registration lists up to date.

"It's not like they're doing a mass deletion of voters in the state, she added. …

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