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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 08:10 PM Jun 2016

Bernie Sanders and Rigged Elections: Sometimes You Just Lose

The Upshot

With Brooklyn, the Board of Elections purged more than 100,000 voters just ahead of the election. This shouldn’t happen: Purges should happen well ahead of an election.

But did it affect the race? Not really. The people who get “purged” from voter rolls are “inactive” voters — people who haven’t voted in two straight elections and didn’t return postcards seeking to verify their address. These are generally people who moved, or have died.

I just received my first postcard from the state of Washington last week. I assume I’ll be moved to “inactive” status, since I was lazy and didn’t respond, and then I’ll eventually be removed.

So realistically, most of the people who were purged were not going to vote. They probably don’t live in Brooklyn anymore.
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