There’s no question that vote fraud takes place in the U.S. The question is: the extent of it. Miniscule, vast, or something between?
First, some background.
- America has roughly 3,000 counties.
- Under federal law, they are required to provide voter lists to anyone who asks. (Some states sell voter lists for a nominal fee.)
- States are also required to clean up their rolls over time, a law that President Obama did not enforce.
- The average county would have around 2/3 of eligible adults registered to vote.
- Several hundred U.S. counties have more people registered to vote than they have residents.
- In other words: probably a third-or-more of their voter roll is some mix of people who are either non-resident, ineligible/illegal, dead or fake.
- Included are some of America’s largest counties by population, such as Los Angeles County, San Francisco County.
- The number of such counties is on the rise: In a federal government report in 2015, it was 300 counties. Today, it’s 470. This works out to millions of illegal registrants.
Judicial Watch has sent out letters telling these counties they have 90 days to clean up their rolls, or Judicial Watch will sue them. JW had to sue Montgomery County, MD a few weeks ago for something more basic, not providing information. Montgomery County refused under Maryland state law, which was a wrong action in that federal law pre-empts, here.
JW has also notified California counties to clean up, or else.
Judicial Watch announced it sent a notice-of-violation letter to the state of California and 11 of its counties threatening to sue in federal court if it does not clean its voter registration lists as mandated by 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. The August 1 letter was sent on behalf of several Judicial Watch California supporters and the Election Integrity Project California, Inc.
In the letter, Judicial Watch noted that public records obtained on the Election Assistance Commission’s 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey and through verbal accounts from various county agencies show 11 California counties have more registered voters than voting-age citizens: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%).
Remember, by U.S. norms, the numbers should be well under 100%. So, many counties with 80% or 90% may also have many illegal registrants. I expect that the point of targeting the 100% counties is that the violation is so blatant, there.
In April, Judicial Watch 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. The states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Thank you, Judicial Watch!