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Report: In 353 U.S. Counties, 1.8 Million More Voters Registered Than Eligible Citizens
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch during a press conference to announce a lawsuit against Tom Delay, R-Texas, for alleged fund rasing improprieties.
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On Monday, a report was issued indicating that among 353 U.S. counties, 1.8 million more voters might have been registered than eligible voting-age citizens.

Judicial Watch (JW) revealed the results of their 2020 study showing that the total in the counties of registration rates surpassed 100% of eligible voters. The eight states where state-wide registration rates exceeded 100% included Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

“The September 2020 study collected the most recent registration data posted online by the states themselves. This data was then compared to the Census Bureau’s most recent five-year population estimates, gathered by the American Community Survey (ACS) from 2014 through 2018. ACS surveys are sent to 3.5 million addresses each month, and its five-year estimates are considered to be the most reliable estimates outside of the decennial census,” Judicial Watch explained.

Judicial Watch pointed out that certain states might have excluded “inactive voters” from their data. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton concluded, “The new study shows 1.8 million excess, or ‘ghost’ voters in 353 counties across 29 states. The data highlights the recklessness of mailing blindly ballots and ballot applications to voter registration lists. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections.”

In June 2019, Los Angeles County issued notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters after JW had reached a settlement agreement with the county. That agreement stated:

All registrations that come to be placed on Los Angeles County’s inactive file of registered voters in the future that are associated with registrants who do not respond to a Section 8(d)(2) Notice shall be cancelled within 90 days following the second of the next two general federal elections occurring after the registration is placed on that list, unless, prior to that time, the registrant votes, appears to vote, or corrects their voter record or Defendants are otherwise able to confirm the registrant’s eligibility to vote.

Judicial Watch noted that Los Angeles County had over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States, and Los Angeles County had permitted over 20% of its registered voters to become inactive without removing them from the voter list. JW stated, “Judicial Watch discovered that California had treated the removal of inactive voters as permissive, not mandatory, and had not cleaned its voter registration rolls in at least 20 years.”

Fitton said at the time, “This Judicial Watch settlement will result in the immediate and ongoing clean-up of voter rolls in California and LA County. This victory for clean elections in California will set another national precedent for other states to take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”

“In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-roll cleanup program that resulted from a Judicial Watch settlement of a federal lawsuit with Ohio. …  Kentucky also began a cleanup of hundreds of thousands of old registrations last year after it entered into a consent decree to end another Judicial Watch lawsuit. In September 2020, Judicial Watch sued Illinois for refusing to disclose voter roll data in violation of Federal law,” Judicial Watch noted.

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