If you’re an Indiana voter, you may have been removed from the voting rolls of your state and don’t even know it. In order to find out whether you were stripped of your constitutional right to vote, there is a website you can check out here. “You put in your first name and last name, we send you back your full address. If that’s you, you go right to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office by — I hope you can register online, I believe you can — and reregister online. You have today to do it. That’s it,” Greg Palast, a reporter for prestigious outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and The Guardian to BBC Newsnight, told Salon. So what happened? Apparently, Palast’s reporting unearthed the fact that 469,000 voters in Indiana had been removed from the voting rolls — and at least 20,000 of them lost their right to vote because a court order was blatantly violated.
“Now 27,000 names were removed using Kris Kobach’s crosscheck list which is supposed to, according to Kobach and I interviewed Kobach himself on this, Kobach told me was sent to Indiana to identify people who have moved out of state,” Palast told Salon. “We actually checked with the post office, we have a contract with the post office, and they confirmed that only 7,000 of the 27,000 removed have actually moved — and not necessarily out of the state either. Just moved from their voting addressed.”
He added, “So we have 27,000 voters illegally removed, from our evidence.”
The problem here isn’t only that Kobach, who currently serves as Kansas’ secretary of state, is a blatantly partisan opponent of voters’ rights who frequently targets racial minorities in order to purge them from the rolls and thereby help Republican candidates. As Palast explained, a federal court order in June 2018 ordered the State of Indiana to stop following a law it had passed the previous year instructing officials to use Kobach’s interstate crosscheck list to strip people of their voting rights.