Judicial Watch Threatens Lawsuits Over 'Dirty Voter Rolls'

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 11:02 AM

By Courtney Coren

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A conservative legal group has sent letters to the District of Columbia, Iowa, and Colorado, saying they have 90 days to clean up voter registration rolls or they will be sued.

Judicial Watch alleges that the three jurisdictions have violated the National Voter Registration Act by having more people registered to vote than are eligible according to the most recent Census data.

The group has asked the district and two states to remove those who are no longer eligible to vote there because they have moved, died, are convicted felons, or are not citizens.

The states have 45 days to inform the legal group how they plan to comply with the federal voting law.

"Dirty voter rolls can mean dirty elections," Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, said in a statement. "Many states are shirking their legal responsibilities to maintain clean voter rolls. This undermines confidence in our election system."

"Outrageously, the Obama Justice Department simply refuses to enforce the federal law that requires states to take reasonable steps to clean voter rolls," Fitton added. "Judicial Watch is now doing the job of the U.S. Justice Department."

On March 6, the group also sent inquiries to officials in California, New Mexico, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois about concerns it has "potential apparent problems" in those states with the federal voting law, asking for the secretaries of state to disclose information about what is being done to ensure voter rolls are accurate and up-to-date.

The National Voter Registration Act, also known as the "motor-voter" law, makes it easier for individuals to register to vote, but also puts more pressure on states to keep voter rolls clean and accurate.

"We are always looking to make sure our voter rolls are as accurate and updated as possible," Tamara Robinson, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections told The Washington Times.

She added that it can be difficult to keep voter rolls up to date in the district because of the nature of the city's fleeting population, but that the board has "not run across one single case where someone has attempted to to vote in D.C. and someplace else."

However, The Times did an investigation in 2013 and found that there were 13,000 people registered to vote in the city and a neighboring county, many who voted in recent elections.

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