North Carolina Voter Registration Selectively Drops — is this Vote Suppression?
Progressive blogger DocDawg has discovered a highly curious pattern in North Carolina, where by federal law the state government is required to reach out to citizens at the DMV and in public assistance offices and offer them a chance to register to vote. You can read the details here, but I’ll cut right to the chase in this summary. Since Republican Governor Pat McCrory took office…
- … there has been essentially no change in the rate of new voter registrations at offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- … the rate of new voter registrations at public assistance offices is less than half of what it was.
The DMV tends to be frequented by people who can afford to register and drive cars. Public assistance offices tend to be frequented by people who can’t afford food, much less cars. Guess which of these populations is more likely to vote Republican?
In case you’re wondering, this pattern holds when DocDawg and his team of muckrakers control for the number of visits to public assistance and DMV offices — so it’s not the consequence of changes in traffic.
Is this definitive proof of active voter suppression? No. Is this a pattern that merits serious investigation? Absolutely.