Kudos to Judicial Watch for stepping up to the plate and continuing its investigation and activist intervention in states and counties that are not maintaining their voters rolls properly. In a press release, the organization said:
Judicial Watch announced today it is continuing its efforts to force states and counties across the nation to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), by sending notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations within 90 days. Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act requires jurisdictions to take reasonable efforts to remove ineligible registrations from its rolls.
Despite successful litigation by Judicial Watch to bring counties and states into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, voter registration lists across the country remain significantly out of date. According to Judicial Watch’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) this year, there are 378 counties nationwide that have more voter registrations than citizens living there and old enough to vote, i.e., counties where registration rates exceed 100%. These 378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark, which is a drop of about one million from Judicial Watch’s previous analysis of voter registration data. Although San Diego County removed 500,000 inactive names from voter rolls following Judicial Watch’s settlement with Los Angeles County, San Diego still has a registration rate of 117% and has one of the highest registration rates in the country.
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Judicial Watch found major voting list issues in California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado.
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“Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections and Judicial Watch will insist, in court if necessary, that states follow federal law to clean up their voting rolls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Previous Judicial Watch lawsuits have already led to major cleanups in California, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio – but more needs to be done. It is common sense that voters who die or move away be removed from the voting rolls.”
There’s more at the link. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
The press release includes a list of the states and counties involved. You might want to see whether yours is included. Some of them are among the biggest in the country, with the obvious potential to skew voting if the voters rolls are abused. There’s more than a little evidence that this has already happened. Texas appears to be the only state taking active steps to investigate and prosecute such offenses. I wonder why others aren’t?
People keep claiming that there’s no evidence of voter fraud. However, inaccurate or outdated voters rolls create a greatly increased potential for voter fraud. Someone – or some organization – getting hold of the rolls for a given constituency can apply for absentee or postal ballots for those who’ve moved away, or send others to vote in their place; and thanks to lax ID requirements for voters (sometimes none at all), they can reasonably expect to get away with it. That’s a no-no.
Elections are like sports, in that respect. Let’s level the playing field before the game is played. That’ll help to ensure it’s played cleanly and fairly.