A voter-fraud sign is seen at Lupica Towers Nov. 4, 2008, in Cleveland.
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Republican election officials in some statesĀ have been cracking down on what they believe is massive voter-fraud activities under way in some districts. The officials areĀ championing the Interstate Crosscheck programā€”an initiative that allows states to crosscheck their voter-registration files to see whichĀ individualsĀ are registered to vote in more than one state and which individualsĀ have, in fact, voted multiple times in the same electionā€”a practice thatĀ is illegal. Ā 

According to an Al-Jazeera report, the way it works is that states have to agree to participate in the program, and have their voter-registration files reviewed and crosschecked against other statesā€™ files. As of today, Interstate Crosscheck says that it has approximately 7 million names that ā€œrepresent legions of fraudsters who are not only registered but have actually voted in two or more states in the same election,ā€ Al-Jazeera explains.

Interstate Crosscheck began in 2005 and is the ā€œpet projectā€ of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has been adamant about unearthing voter fraud in the U.S.

As a result of this effort, individuals who were once registered to vote may find that they are no longer registered to vote on Election Day if they are one of the thousands of people whose names appeared on the Interstate Crosscheck list, and were thus removed from the voting rolls.

ā€œBased on the Crosscheck lists, officials have begun the process of removing names from the rollsā€” beginning with 41,637 in Virginia alone,ā€ Al-Jazeera said.


But the process is causing concern among those who say the way the Interstate Crosscheck program goes about identifying duplicates is flawed. Each voterā€™s personal information (a personā€™s date of birth, Social Security number, etc.) is not always taken into account during the duplicate search.

ā€œBut the actual lists show that not only are middle names commonly mismatched and suffix discrepancies ignored, even birth dates donā€™t seem to have been taken into account. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected,ā€ the report explained.

Read more at Al-Jazeera.