The voter-fraud watchdog group True the Vote has sent legal notices to counties in several states challenging their voter rolls for having more voters on their rolls than their total voting-age populations, demanding that they fix them before the November election.
Notices have been sent to counties in Tennessee, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, New York and North Carolina that their voter-registration lists do not comply with the law.
Section 8 of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, aka the “Motor Voter” law, requires counties to maintain a process for removing dead people, people who have moved away and ineligible voters from their voter-registration lists.
The counties are not cleaning up their voter rolls the way they are supposed to, according to True the Vote spokesman Logan Churchwell.
“We expect responses from each of these counties in the coming days,” Churchwell said. “If notified counties can provide when and how voting lists were maintained since their last report to the Election Assistance Commission, then Section 8 of the NVRA has been followed. True The Vote is prepared for litigation if necessary.”
The law requires Attorney General Eric Holder to notify the counties of their noncompliance with the law; however, True the Vote has opted to notify them because of the Department of Justice’s apparent refusal to do so.
Churchwell cites LaSalle County, Ill., as a prime example because the largely rural county has a population of around 90,000 but has around 450,000 registered voters.
“It’s a rapidly growing county, so if you are being compared to the actual people who are living and eligible to vote in that one county, you have a 500 percent of actual voting records that should not exist,” Churchwell said. “Nationwide, the average is about 70 percent voter registration."
“If you have an involved county population that really votes, 70 percent of them are registered generally, and we are seeing up to 500 percent in some of these counties.”
This can lead to real problems, according to Churchwell.