Dead Voter Letters Sent Disproportionately To Black Neighborhoods

HOUSTON (October 3, 2012)--People living in traditionally black Harris County neighborhoods received a disproportionate share of letters advising them that they were in danger of having their voter registration canceled because they were presumed dead, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that its analysis of 9,000 notifications showed that about a third coming from one county commission district established as a minority opportunity district.

Widespread complaints about attempts to purge the rolls of deceased voters led Harris County to call off any action prior to the Nov. 6 election.

County officials said 32 percent of the voters who received the notices have confirmed that they are alive.

A September 2011 Texas law required the Secretary of State to compare Social Security death data to voter records and cleanse rolls.

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