Judicial Watch has just announced an action that may go a long way towards cleaning up the voting rolls of many key areas in the United States.
As Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says, “These 11 states face possible Judicial Watch lawsuits unless they follow the law and take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls of dead, moved, and non-citizen voters.”
According to their website:
Judicial Watch today announced it has sent notice-of-violation letters threatening to sue 11 states having counties in which the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey.
According to the letters, this is “strong circumstantial evidence that these … counties are not conducting reasonable voter registration record maintenance as mandated under the [National Voter Registration Act] NVRA.” Both the NVRA and the federal Help America Vote Act require states to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voting rolls.
As the Daily Caller reports
The 11 states that Judicial Watch sent a letter to are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.
According to JW, these states have 90 days after receipt of the letters to address the issue and give JW documentation showing that they have put forth a “statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.”
Among the “strong circumstantial evidence” that could be cited in support of Judicial Watch’s assertion are the cases of voter fraud in some of these areas.
For example, in New Jersey’s Essex County, one of the areas about to which Judicial Watch has sent a notice-of-violation letter, saw the 2012 conviction of campaign worker for State Senator Teresa Ruiz after he was found guilty of “submitting ballots on behalf of voters who never received the ballots or had an opportunity to cast their votes.”
Judicial Watch adds that they have
asked the states to “conduct or implement a systematic, uniform, nondiscriminatory program to remove from the list of eligible voters the names of persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of a change of residence, death or a disqualifying criminal conviction.” The states are also asked to remove from voter registration lists “noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.”
Speaking of noncitizen voters, according to Investors.com:
A 2014 study in the online Electoral Studies Journal shows that in the 2008 and 2010 elections, illegal immigrant votes were in fact quite high.
“We find that some noncitizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and congressional elections.”
More specifically, they write, “Noncitizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.”
Judicial Watch hopes their letters can help prevent both voter fraud and “noncitizen votes.”
As Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton put it “Dirty election rolls can mean dirty elections.”