Why American voter registrations are disappearing

  • Published on Nov 2, 2018
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    Voter purges are a means of removing ineligible voter registrations from the rolls - meant to clean up the system. But what happens when aggressive purges end up getting rid of the registrations of eligible voters?
    Critics say states like Georgia and Ohio - purging through “exact match” or “use it or lose it” laws - are disproportionately eliminating thousands of minority voters from the system.
    What states are doing them, how do they work, and what should you do if you find out you’ve been purged?
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  • Vox
    Vox  8 months ago +399

    Voting is one of the most fundamental parts of democracy, so why aren't eligible voters registered automatically? Check out our video on the push for automatic voter registration, and how it could improve the US electoral process: bit.ly/2Jyhwry

    • karben
      karben 3 months ago

      In the US, Kansas anyway, by law you're you're allowed to take time off to go vote. Australia doesn't have the same immigration issues as the US. Being an ISLAND contributes to this. Can you please educate me on your immigration laws? Because voter fraud and lax immigration law go hand in hand.

    • ToMMy Beats
      ToMMy Beats 7 months ago

      America isn’t a democracy it’s a democratic republic guys

    • Randy Smith
      Randy Smith 7 months ago

      I guess it's the same reason we don't remove dead people from voter rolls

    • Mardas Man
      Mardas Man 7 months ago

      The US is the only country worldwide without automatic voter registration. Its perpetuity is the result of racism.

    • Randy Smith
      Randy Smith 8 months ago

      That sounds great, but also, when a person dies, they should also be deleted from voter rolls, when a person moves to another city, or state, they should automatically be deleted in the place they moved from. That is why we need Federal voter id.

  • Getta Petta
    Getta Petta 18 days ago

    Black and Brown sounding names are -HARDEST HIT!!!!! Grover Norquist & OTHER REPUBLICANS openly bragged.

  • Alex Durdan
    Alex Durdan 21 day ago

    So change the rules because their skin color? Sounds pretty racist to me good job being racist again vox...

  • Don Rollins
    Don Rollins 26 days ago

    I find it very hard to believe that only 35 illegal voters were found since Texas found 58.000 all by themselves.

  • Scott Bluth
    Scott Bluth Month ago

    There should be a national voting council to fight for voter's rights. A council that can lock up people who suppress any vote. Voting is a right. Any person that attempts any voter suppression should be instantly arrested and thrown in jail

  • Kevin Swartz
    Kevin Swartz Month ago

    Every state should do this

  • Elijah Guttman
    Elijah Guttman 2 months ago

    No hyphon? DISCREPANCY DETECTED! INTERROGATE: Why do you have different names on different papers? -It's a typo. DETAINED!

    Reference to papers, please. It's scary that the US is becoming more and more like Arstotzka.

  • Jamie Wright
    Jamie Wright 4 months ago

    Never voted ever

  • David
    David 4 months ago

    I know I am late on this video but I love how the format is just like "Papers Please" the game!!

  • mekoandlibby
    mekoandlibby 4 months ago

    My little brothers passport has his middle name spelt wrong.

  • curtis shaw
    curtis shaw 4 months ago

    Democrats want to give voting rights to illegal immigrants. Vox doesn't report that here.

  • CitizenFoffie
    CitizenFoffie 4 months ago

    1:37 papers please refrence

  • Angelique Coke
    Angelique Coke 4 months ago

    Also note that the Head of Secretary of State (the governmental institution that supervises Fair elections) just so happened to be running for governor and had access to all voter information while he was running for governor. This includes all voting history for all registered voters in the state of Georgia in addition to their ethnicity, social security numbers, signatures and address.

  • aicram62
    aicram62 4 months ago

    MANDATORY VOTING. If you want a civilized society. you should have to participate. You can always vote none of the above. At least this way no one can get kicked off.

  • I'mReallyTired
    I'mReallyTired 6 months ago

    This happened to me! I registered to vote with plenty of time to spare for the midterms, and I'm completely eligible, but when I went to vote, my name wasn't registered. Like ???????

  • Ci Wa
    Ci Wa 6 months ago

    Thanks for this.

  • DoubleDS9
    DoubleDS9 6 months ago

    This is appalling, disgusting even. I hate how Republicans justify voter suppression like this. it mars the myth of American democracy being amongst the best in the world.

  • הוنᄀバコᄂᄃɸฅจـهـ母表จาøนحöܠʢܢחق한국어י

    Anyone in the US can vote any number of times. There are no identity, registration or multiple voting checks.

  • ToMMy Beats
    ToMMy Beats 7 months ago

    Voting isn’t a right it’s a privilege

  • ToMMy Beats
    ToMMy Beats 7 months ago

    We don’t live in a democracy we live in a republic... if you’re American and you don’t this I feel bad for you

  • shut up malfoy
    shut up malfoy 7 months ago

    Why does the narrator for this video sound like the girl from brain pop jr.?

  • john malcolm
    john malcolm 7 months ago

    while the rest of the world has risen to be a titan.

  • Ugly German Truths
    Ugly German Truths 7 months ago

    Why is it that in the US the individual states make the rules for FEDERAL Elections anyway? Seems pretty unequal to have 50 different sets of rules and regulations for ONE and the same election.

  • andrew grandison
    andrew grandison 7 months ago

    Honestly Vox staff what tools do you use to make your videos ? I'm saying the charts, the little peeps, the words - it all looks great and I want to learn ! Hit me up.

  • deanb007
    deanb007 7 months ago +3

    FYI: At 4:00 the map is very hard to read for a colorblind person (the blue and purple are almost the same). I would suggest not using colors together such as blue and purple, light green and yellow, brown and dark green, or brown and red. Here is a good resource to see whether an image would be suitable for a colorblind audience: www.toptal.com/designers/colorfilter
    It was an otherwise great video! Keep it up.

  • hillo wassup no username
    hillo wassup no username 7 months ago +1


  • Largo Di Milano
    Largo Di Milano 7 months ago

    How can you argue that exact match is a bad thing? You're literally arguing that bureaucrats are bad.

  • Diego Shinoda
    Diego Shinoda 7 months ago

    Funny, in my country you have a government issued Id that automatically registers you to vote, people are often encouraged and issued extended deadlines to the registry or update of personal info for them to vote

  • Cobi Lancaster
    Cobi Lancaster 7 months ago

    1:42 So they can purge you from the voter rolls for protesting against the choices you have by not voting?
    "Why didn't you vote?"
    "Because both choices were awful."
    "Sorry, I'm going to have to take your voting rights away for that. Next time please reconsider disrespecting our glorious and eternal leaders."

    • Randy Miller
      Randy Miller 7 months ago

      Being purged doesn't take away your right to vote, it just makes you re-register.

  • Kaushik Poojary
    Kaushik Poojary 7 months ago

    And America is a democratic republic

  • David Allen
    David Allen 7 months ago

    This has me wondering if the people that are doing this believe that a Christian Saudi Arabia/Iran should exist. Everyone who says I'm moving to Canada" because of a liberal decision would actually do us a favor by leaving; the U.S. is effectively the last bunker of Christian conservatism left; even Vatican City, the CAPITAL of Christianity, has had popes that are more liberal in decisions (Popes are absolute monarchs there, if you didn't know). I am considering moving to either Canada (due to its closeness and lack of language barrier) or Spain (due to its incredibly lax scheduling) but either one to escape this place that has people that, in the end, would probably want my head... The only thing is that such an act costs FAR too much.

  • camilofroes2
    camilofroes2 8 months ago +1

    Sweet "Papers, Please" reference

  • LPyourplay
    LPyourplay 8 months ago

    Where I live, every citizen who is registered within the country is also registered to vote (for EU, Municipal, and Water Board elections some non citizens can also vote) and everyone is mailed a voting pass telling them where to vote and to bring some form of ID that has not expired for more than 5 years (having valid ID is required by law). The only people who have to register to vote are citizens living outside the country (and they only have to do it once).

  • NolaGal2601
    NolaGal2601 8 months ago

    What if your state AG is a Republican, too. Won't he be likely to ignore you?

    • Randy Miller
      Randy Miller 7 months ago

      If you have a legitimate issue and they intentionally ignore you then you can sue them for violating your civil rights.

  • Endo
    Endo 8 months ago

    GOP is corrupt

  • Lynn M
    Lynn M 8 months ago

    Oh he'll nah I live in ohio and I missed a election

  • Rahil
    Rahil 8 months ago

    Well if you don't vote what difference does it make if your vote registration is gone

  • ray z.
    ray z. 8 months ago

    Lmao I'm here in Asia not an American citizen,but I can vote in American election.

  • Răzvan
    Răzvan 8 months ago

    It's mind boggling why US still hasn't automatic voter registration and federal level ID that can stop all this "self inflicted" idiocy by politicians or bureaucracy.

  • Josha Curlie
    Josha Curlie 8 months ago

    In European Law (as in EU law specifically) we call policies which just so happen to always disadvantage one group of people more than another indirect discrimination and it is as bad as literally making a flagrantly discriminatory law (i.e. This Law says that X group is always excluded from Y). Also governments have the burden of proof to show that they really weren't being discriminatory. The more I learn about your legal and political system the more the EU law graduate in me just goes ~WTF how is this even a country that's a dumpster fire o.O

  • Dee Cookie
    Dee Cookie 8 months ago +1


  • Dee Cookie
    Dee Cookie 8 months ago +1

    This was hard to watch. Not your fault Vox.

  • GalacticHero
    GalacticHero 8 months ago

    Papers please 1:33

  • scottind
    scottind 8 months ago

    I like the Papers Please reference

  • WaterDerp
    WaterDerp 8 months ago

    1:34 that looks familiar

  • Michellea Dowlin
    Michellea Dowlin 8 months ago

    Her voice kinda sounds like ruby from max and ruby

  • Addison Clarke
    Addison Clarke 8 months ago

    Surprise surprise. Racist republicans strike again.

  • AntiSocial Atheist
    AntiSocial Atheist 8 months ago

    in Alabama they sent out notices that looked like junk mail so voters would not actually want to read them and instead would throw them away. they usually target minorities. they are criminals

  • Ed Yang
    Ed Yang 8 months ago

    Welcome to the Land of the free!

  • Jonathan Flores
    Jonathan Flores 8 months ago

    Hmmm....let's see. You have to have ID to drive, buy a gun, book a hotel room, fly on a plane, buy alcohol and a ton others...but OH NO, i have to show my ID to vote! Give me a break. They need more in place. Look at what is going on in Florida. Look at the illegal immigrants coming. And this is coming from a libertarian.

  • Dilithium Crystals
    Dilithium Crystals 8 months ago

    Americans never heard of unique id and biometrics?

  • Brett Carroll
    Brett Carroll 8 months ago

    WTF is up with Nebraska? GOP/Nonpartisan?

  • Cyrribrae
    Cyrribrae 8 months ago

    Electoral Bulimia :(

  • Tentacle Sama
    Tentacle Sama 8 months ago

    Repubes know they can’t win unless they cheat. They don’t believe in a democracy, they act as fascists and disguise it as patriotism. This is absolutely sick and pathetic.

  • TheWitherinRiser
    TheWitherinRiser 8 months ago


  • Marie Lastname
    Marie Lastname 8 months ago

    Why do minority voters tend to have common last names?

  • Kevin Slater
    Kevin Slater 8 months ago

    After all the voter suppression and gerrymandering they threw at us and we still took the house. Republicans are a dying party.

  • Gordie Killatron
    Gordie Killatron 8 months ago

    I wonder why there is so much emphasis on keeping voters on the level (legal)? I think we need to take a good hard look at how we got here in the first place. When, how, and why these "purge" laws came about. I'm talking about going all the way back to the birth of the Nation. Not just 2006.

  • Liam Thongvilu
    Liam Thongvilu 8 months ago

    That Papers Please reference was cute.

  • CaliburnCelt
    CaliburnCelt 8 months ago

    Papers Please

  • Teethgrinder 83
    Teethgrinder 83 8 months ago

    Damn your voting is awkward in every way, it's insane. Same as your insurance thats awkward too-ive never had to fill an insurance form in my life as the government does it for me and if im taxed too much accidentally then I get a rebate, ive had 2 rebates and they were a great bonus at the time

  • Lawrence Chen
    Lawrence Chen 8 months ago

    1965 - 2013
    RIP, Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Keith Siah
    Keith Siah 8 months ago

    Here's an electoral strategy: Fight for laws and policies that people would actually vote for.

  • chancellorjake
    chancellorjake 8 months ago

    In Nebraska provisional ballots are not counted if the voter wasn't registered prior to the registration deadline.

  • Jesse Maddux
    Jesse Maddux 8 months ago +1

    I work at the polling locations, my job is to maintain the electronic machines (voting machines, ballot scanner, and electronic poll books) and it is cringing for me to see people being told that they've been purged from the system because they haven't voted in 2 consecutive presidential elections. But I always suggest people do a provisional ballot, even when the supervisor judge (R) tells them no. I go straight over their heads and call the county clerk direct.

  • Noah Belcher
    Noah Belcher 8 months ago

    Blaming it on republicans is always the answer for vox

    • Memphis Stef
      Memphis Stef 8 months ago

      Because that answer is the truth😑

  • Vlad G
    Vlad G 8 months ago

    Vox is cancer

  • Johnny Chimpo
    Johnny Chimpo 8 months ago

    vote denied!

  • Terry Rice
    Terry Rice 8 months ago

    Any fraud in voting is bad keep voting legit, minorities are smarter than democrats let on. Quit saying minorities are lost without white democrats overseeing them.

  • Terry Rice
    Terry Rice 8 months ago

    Vox is a propaganda wing if the alt-left. Vox is marxist anti Semitic

  • Kayleigh Hay
    Kayleigh Hay 8 months ago

    I don’t vote. Not like one person is gonna tip the scales. But I just don’t like our choices.

  • joel repp
    joel repp 8 months ago

    Voting should be easy and convenient

  • Quixotes
    Quixotes 8 months ago +1


  • Cassie Scott
    Cassie Scott 8 months ago

    yup everything is rebublicans' faults huh?

    • Bansho
      Bansho 8 months ago

      4:01 the republicans themselves admitted it

  • Harry Pujols
    Harry Pujols 8 months ago

    Orwellian. The US political system is going to collapse on its own weight if it's allowed to continue this course.

  • Artemis Jones
    Artemis Jones 8 months ago

    Of course blame the Republicans because your "Blue wave" was a ripple

    • Artemis Jones
      Artemis Jones 8 months ago

      @Bansho by two seats plus it's not uncommon when either party has full control that during the midterms the opposite party starts gaining traction. Hell thats how the Republicans got the house and Senate.

    • Bansho
      Bansho 8 months ago

      wave or ripple, it got the house

  • Keisha Nicole
    Keisha Nicole 8 months ago


  • Cheydinal
    Cheydinal 8 months ago

    The state governments shouldn't have the power to choose exactly who to purge, for example looking for names predominantly used by black people when they're republicans. Either take out all people with a hyphen missing or all of them

  • Simone Regina
    Simone Regina 8 months ago

    Why are they trying to prevent people from voting this much?

  • Angrybirds neyugn
    Angrybirds neyugn 8 months ago

    This has been a known issue that those f---king Republicans did to win.
    I gotta give it to them though, they are very smart since most of misspelled names belongs to Asian and African Americans... It's very sad!
    But too bad for them, young minority voters are smarter now and their votes count.
    Be ready to burn, Trump and his minions.

  • Jerriais The Great
    Jerriais The Great 8 months ago

    as someone who has to fill a form every year to register to vote don't see the problem maybe it's just because of where I live but this is natural to me don't moan and just fill out the form

    • Metro Hemo
      Metro Hemo 8 months ago

      You are to caught up on the difficulty of voting and not enough on the intent of the actions. They are doing these things to suppress minority votes because they can't get them. They want less people to vote and they use tactics to win elections that they don't have majorities in. We passed the voting rights act i this country to stop them from doing this, but the conservatives got a majority in are supreme court and took away voting protection for minorities and they started behaving the same way they did after slavery by disenfranchising black people.

    • Jerriais The Great
      Jerriais The Great 8 months ago

      @Metro Hemo it says in the video u get a form first every reason you get purged in this video my country does and my country's election system is older than the USA it seems like common sense to me I move house got to fill a form if I fill it wrong I can't vote if I can't prove I also have to show I have been in the county for five years and I was born in my country it ain't difficult I don't actually see the issue I don't know how Americans do things but that's just how we do it

    • Metro Hemo
      Metro Hemo 8 months ago

      It is not about filling out the form, it is about being purged from a voter roll and not being told till election day in order to suppress your vote based on party affiliation. The problem is that the reason this is being done is to try to win elections without convincing people you are the right man for the job, but by stopping those that wish to vote against you from being able to vote.

  • Sebastian Munoz
    Sebastian Munoz 8 months ago

    Wow where can i listen to more of the clarinet piece at the end of the video?!

  • nick 450
    nick 450 8 months ago

    this reminds me of a quote from Josef Stalin It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

  • Wicked Amoeba
    Wicked Amoeba 8 months ago

    American democracy at it's finest.

  • FyberOptic
    FyberOptic 8 months ago +1

    I don't really think there's as much of a problem here as people make it sound. If you can't vote in one election, then you're going to know by the next one, and have a couple of years to sort it out (assuming you don't vote in the more local stuff in-between) . You should also keep your info up to date. This really isn't difficult or particularly nefarious. The people who get affected by such stuff probably aren't going to make a significant difference in the overall election.

    • Metro Hemo
      Metro Hemo 8 months ago

      So you think being able to stop someone from voting through technicality, then giving yourself power you should not have is ok as long as you just do it once. Kemp took over a million people off the voter rolls. You think that won't make a difference? And the fact that 70% of the people that he eliminated from the rolls with exact match are black is not particularly nefarious? The fact that non of these things happened until after the voter protection act was destroyed by the conservative supreme court, does not make you think that this was a planned action?

  • Alex Ray
    Alex Ray 8 months ago

    If the democratic base didn't include so many minorities they would be doing the same thing republicans are. People need to be careful to avoid characterizing either party as evil or saint like
    Its also important to note that Georgia's secretary of state condemned the purges, and there is no evidence that he had any knowledge of the purges. Of course, its still an insane conflict of interests

    • Metro Hemo
      Metro Hemo 8 months ago

      So your argument is that if being racist and trying to disenfranchise minorities help democrats they would do so as well? And you think that is a appropriate strategy to win political power? You don't consider the fact that the republican party does so poorly wit minorities as a consequences of their own actions? You can pretty easily characterize the prominently and nearly exclusively white party, that seeks to win elections by taking away minorities ability to vote as opposed to trying to win their votes as evil. This is compounded by the fact that they didn't start trying to do so until the voter rights act was destroyed by the conservative judges of the supreme court. All of the states effected by the Voting Rights Act were on the list because they tried to stop black people from voting as soon as they got off the list they got right back to doing so.
      Also Kemp never condemned the purge simply stating that he was just doing his job.

  • Jameel Simjee
    Jameel Simjee 8 months ago

    This is so hard to hear. #VoteToday

    CHENGIS 8 months ago

    Happened to me not too long ago, registered to vote...never got any confirmation, checked before election cycle and found I wasn't even registered. For something so simple why I gotta go thru so many hoops?

  • Save Democracy
    Save Democracy 8 months ago

    As I've been saying for years now, ReTHUGlicans CANNOT win without cheating through voter suppression, gerrymandering, frivolous purging, etc. There are more Democrats than there are filthy right-wingers. And we know that is was a right-leaning Supreme Court ruling that did away with an important part of the Voting Rights Act that would require states that changed any part of their voting law or voting requirements to inquire from the courts if it was right and proper. We know that these "changes" that are done today are bullshit and put in to steal Democratic voters from Democratic Party members. RETHUGLICANS CANNOT WIN WITHOUT CHEATING.

  • Max Gilliland
    Max Gilliland 8 months ago

    the discrepancy detected thing made me think of papers please

  • Chris Marcotte
    Chris Marcotte 8 months ago +1

    1:37 I see this video's animator is a fan of Papers Please.

  • TandA
    TandA 8 months ago

    I'm ok with this

  • vlaid
    vlaid 8 months ago +1

    The papers please cameo was really nice

  • Dayne Close
    Dayne Close 8 months ago

    The election officers at the polling location are supposed to be automatically sending people not on the roster to the provisional clerk. If they aren't doing that, call the RoV and tell them what happened.

  • jesse gonzalez
    jesse gonzalez 8 months ago

    Personal Responsibility

  • Ryan Edwards
    Ryan Edwards 8 months ago +1

    State Republican Party Voting Policy: Because lying, cheating, stealing, and working for the wealthy is easier than realizing that, while several of your ideals make sense, the underlying fact that you have just...the worst loons...in your party means that it turns off a large portion of the populace.

    Its not Republicans Vs. Democrats.... it should be compromise and willingness to work together. All we have now is a bunch of radical idealogues on each side. But, I swear to god, if I hear one more person from the GOP throw a scaredy-cat pity party about how "things have changed" or that their "religious freedom is being threatened" because they have to provide birth control coverage to employees, I'm going to lose a gasket.

  • Tskmaster
    Tskmaster 8 months ago

    "Voter fraud" isn't paranoia, it's the intended affect. Neither party really wants your vote to be counted and the whole process is something of a "necessary evil" to them. I'm a firm believer of "to the victor goes the spoils" so unless... until... if they ever feel like being nonpartisan again and the Supreme Court does its job, whatever that's foul is fair. Accept it.
    Also, Republicans are just evil but that's common knowledge these days. Vote Republicans out THEN vote money out, it's the only way to properly purge the system.

  • Sina S.
    Sina S. 8 months ago

    I'm wondering, does the US count as a democracy? Doesn't sound like one.

  • pricila
    pricila 8 months ago

    why can’t we just vote online?

  • SyakirTheScout
    SyakirTheScout 8 months ago

    Dis is a bit like papers please