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Report: Dead voter list heavy in black areas

HOUSTON (AP) - A newspaper analysis shows that 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.

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/T1mLSt ) that its analysis of 9,000 notifications showed 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 say 32% 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 clean rolls.

 

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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