It is unsurprising that “ ‘Purged’ voter’s experience raises questions” (Dan Casey column, Nov. 14) describes a local voter’s removal from the rolls, but odd to see State Board of Elections representative Justin Riemer say the local registrar should have followed an address confirmation procedure to determine where Monica Daly should be registered.
The confirmation process was the exact procedure, in line with the National Voter Registration Act, that I urged the SBE to follow for list matching in a letter to Secretary Don Palmer on Sept. 17. Palmer informed me in his response that voters identified through the cross-check were considered “former residents of Virginia” and that proceeding with removals does “not require any further confirmation.”
The National Voter Registration Act provides election officials with a clear procedure to confirm the address of a voter they believe has moved to ensure that mistakes do not result in removing eligible voters. Numerous states have utilized list matching to clean their rolls, but those who have done it successfully request further information and proceed with caution.
We can only hope the SBE has learned its lesson and will provide the appropriate instructions to local registrars for future list maintenance procedures.
Staff Attorney Fair Elections Legal Network