Rep. Pocan Introduces Bill to End Interstate Cross Check
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today introduced the Voter Roll Integrity Act, H.R. 3091 which strengthens voter protections by ensuring that states can no longer erroneously purge voter rolls without the knowledge or consent of active and still-eligible voters through a system called Interstate Cross Check.
According a 2016 NBC report, an analysis of nearly 50 million registered voters from 12 different states demonstrated that over 7 million people were removed from the voting rolls, potentially without a comprehensive confirmation from the voter in question. These purges disproportionately impact young people, minorities, and low-income voters.
“Kicking legally-registered voters off the voting rolls stifles democracy and creates an unnecessary burden for voters who find that they have been mistakenly and unfairly removed from the rolls,” said Rep. Pocan. “This is a problem affecting more than 7 million people across the country and I’ve heard from many of my constituents about this Interstate Cross Check. The Voter Roll Integrity Act will help ensure states cannot infringe upon an individual’s right to vote.”
“Access to the ballot box is critical to a fair and functioning democracy, and Congress must ensure that no state is actively wiping eligible Americans from voter rolls,” said Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at Public Citizen. “At a time when politicians rely on huge donors to get and remain in power, our last line of defense against a corporate takeover of our government is the American people. The Voter Roll Integrity Act is an important step towards ensuring that all Americans, particularly young people, people of color, and low-income voters are not blocked by states from raising their voices in our democracy.”
The Voter Roll Integrity Act would require that states:
- May only remove a voter from the rolls if they have independently confirmed her or his full name, including middle name; date of birth; last 4 digits of social security number; and suffix.
- Request a response from voters to confirm a change of address