From the Sidney Hillman Foundation
NEW YORK â€“ Greg Palast wins the December Sidney Award for â€œJim Crow Returns,â€ and â€œChallenging Crosscheck,â€ a two-part Al Jazeera America exposÃ© that shows how millions of innocent people were flagged as suspected vote fraudsters just because they have the same first and last name as someone in another state.
On the eve of the 2014 elections, officials had begun to purge voters based upon Interstate Crosscheck, voter fraud prevention software. More than 40,000 voters were dropped from the rolls in Virginia alone.
Read The Backstory, our Q&A with Greg Palast
The Crosscheck program, used in 28 states, is ostensibly designed to prevent voter fraud by identifying people who voted in different states in the same election. The system is billed as a sophisticated fraud-detection tool, but Crosscheck lists obtained by Palast for three states show that the system matches on first and last name alone. Crosscheck flagged more than 2 million names in those three states, Palast found.
â€œIt was absolute murder trying to get the Crosscheck lists out of the hands of these highly political agencies,â€ Palast said. â€œThey knew damn well …more