This an entry in a series of blogs to keep people informed on current election reform and voting rights issues in the news.
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This week, the issue of voter list maintenance made a return in two news stories – one reporting a small North Carolina county's handling of dead voters on the rolls, the other concluding a long debate over a 2006 law barring citizens whose information didn't perfectly match government databases from registering to vote.
The Winston-Salem Journal provided in-depth coverage of the complicated, but important and oft-ignored election issue. Writer Monte Mitchell correctly notes that voter rolls with ineligible voters wastes money, skews turnout numbers and otherwise makes life difficult for election officials. Especially noteworthy was the Ashe County election supervisor’s statement that he feels “very confident that no dead people voted.”