Northern Plains News reports that conservative watchdogs True the Vote finds that more than 36,000 names on South Dakota's voting rolls may be duplicated in other states.
May be. True the Vote offers no evidence that any of these duplicate names have translated into duplicate votes. It offers no evidence of how many of those duplicate names represent voters who have indeed moved from one state to another, have honestly registered to vote in their new abodes, and have no intention of casting bogus ballots in their previous states or perhaps even any idea that registering in their new states did not automatically remove their names from their old states' rolls. It offers no evidence of the reliability of its confidential voter database.
And it offers no evidence that these names haven't already been or soon will be purged from the voter rolls for inactivity. South Dakota's Secretary of State is a bumbler in many ways, but he's very effective at striking names from the voter registry. Since taking office, Secretary Gant has overseen a net reduction of South Dakota's registered voters of over 10,000. That's a 2% decline during a period when South Dakota's population has increased nearly 4%.
So you tell me which is the greater scandal: numerical assertions not tied to proof of real harm from a conservative group known for intimidating minority voters, or a Secretary of State who has disqualified more voters than he has registered and share's True the Vote's agenda of making it harder to vote?
(By the way, I guarantee, I am not among those duplicate names. My voter registration is up to date, accurate, and in one state only.)