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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Election Day Spotlights Tex. Voter ID Law, Va. Voter Purge

Steve Maskell of McLean, Va., right, votes in an election that includes the Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe on election day in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Steve Maskell of McLean, Va., right, votes on election day in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Texas is one of 34 states that have passed voter ID laws, but its law is one of the first to go into effect in this election cycle. In early voting, the law has already caused a few hiccups, tripping up high-profile voters, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and former U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, at the polls.

In Virginia, 38,000 voters were recently purged from the election rolls. University of Minnesota election expert Doug Chapin says Virginia is one of more than two dozen states participating in a growing interstate cross-matching program to purge duplicate registrations. The problem is there’s a dispute about the accuracy of the database used to identify which voters should be removed from the rolls.

Chapin joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain.

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