I’m hoping that the momentum is now on the side of cleaning up voting rolls and ensuring fair elections nationwide. We are taking multiple steps around the country toward that end. Let me tell you about one of them.
We have again joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) in filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of the State of Georgia’s efforts to ensure that its voter rolls are up to date. The case is on appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Common Cause, et al., v. Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State (No. 1:16-cv-00452)).
In ruling against plaintiff, the liberal activist group Common Cause, the district court held that Georgia’s use of voter data to initiate the address-confirmation procedure for cleaning voter rolls does not violate the plain language and congressional intent of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Simply put, Georgia’s voter-roll cleaning procedure does not violate the NVRA, "[Georgia’s procedure] is in perfect accord with the NVRA. Voters are not removed for failing to vote, as Appellants maintain. Rather, they are removed for failing to respond to a notice and then failing to engage in voting activity for two federal elections.
"Appellants’ attempt to stretch the notion of causation beyond its natural bounds to refer equally to all prior causes in a chain of causes is not warranted by logic or by the law."
We know Georgia has problems. We found at least 10 counties in the state had more names registered to vote than the actual eligible voters.
The Obama Justice Department and its allies on the left were fanatical in their efforts to undermine election integrity measures. Dirty election rolls mean dirty elections. The Eleventh Circuit should affirm the district court’s decision allowing Georgia to continue to ensure that dead people, those who have moved to other states and other ineligible names are removed from its voter registration lists.
In the meantime, Judicial Watch will continue its voting lists clean-up efforts in at least a dozen states. The election integrity battle is central to the very idea of self-government, so stay tuned.
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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