Problems with data matching

This Miami report discusses Belén Alvarez Vásquez, listed on the electoral rolls with the last name of “Alvarez Vásquez” and on the records of deceased individuals with the last name of “Vásquez.”

Here, the mismatch failed to remove Alvarez Vásquez from the rolls when she should have been removed; in other situations, similar mismatches can cause registration forms to be rejected incorrectly, cause people to be unnecessarily subject to stricter identification requirements, or cause misunderstandings at the polling place (looking for a voter under “V” when she’s listed under “A”).

The difficulties that name structures cause for matching in the elections process is something I’ve been talking about for a while now.

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