There are many good reasons for states to update their voter rolls in preparation for elections, but a new report contended many are too zealous about it, jeopardizing some people's right to vote.
When people die or move out-of-state, their names may be removed from voter rolls. However, the report from the democracy and economy think tank Dēmos found more than 19 million voters were "purged" from the rolls between the 2020 and 2022 general elections, and said more than one-quarter were dropped for flawed reasons, like inactivity.
"The impact is often disproportionately on voters of color, on naturalized citizens, and on other marginalized or underrepresented communities," Hanks pointed out. "That is really why we are looking into this, is because when states pursue these flawed practices, it means that people who are eligible to vote can't vote, and that is a problem for our democracy."