A settlement was reached in a lawsuit by a government watchdog group Thursday with the State of California and Los Angeles County, forcing them to start deleting up to 1.5 million inactive registered voter names that may be invalid – most because they are deceased.
Judicial Watch signed the settlement agreement Thursday with the government bodies, and the deletion of voters was required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) – a federal law requiring inactive registrations to be removed from voter rolls between a period of two to four years after two general elections.
Most of names being removed under NVRA are from deceased voters.
Foul play in blue California?
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was pleased with the court’s decision, which he believes will help ensure that Democrats in the blue state will not have any unfair advantages in future elections.
“This settlement vindicates Judicial Watch’s groundbreaking lawsuits to clean up state voter rolls to help ensure cleaner elections,” Fitton proclaimed in a Judicial Watch press release. “Judicial Watch and its clients are thrilled with this historic settlement that will clean up election rolls in Los Angeles County and California – and set a nationwide precedent to ensure that states take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”
Through the settlement, the judge is holding the longtime Democratic stronghold more accountable – come election time.
“The settlement will reach the goals of [1) protecting the integrity of the election process by implementing procedures that ensure the accuracy of voter registration through comprehensive [maintenance] of the official lists of registered voters, and 2) ensuring that California residents are not removed from official lists of registered voters absent the procedural safeguards set forth in the NRVA …” the settlement states.
With more than 10 million residents – more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States – Los Angeles County was targeted by Judicial Watch in the 2017 lawsuit so that the most populous county in the most populous state of nearly 40 million residents would clean up its voter rolls.
The lawsuit alleged that the state’s largest county, which is minority- and Democrat-laden, has been in the practice of leaving illegitimate names on its voter rolls to grossly over-represent voter populations.
“Los Angeles County has more voter registrations on its voter rolls than it has citizens who are old enough to register,” the lawsuit, Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. reads. “Specifically – according to data provided to and published by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission – Los Angeles County has a registration rate of 112 percent of its adult citizen population.”
Numbers just don’t make sense …
Huge inaccuracies are rife in the state that has historically given Democratic presidential candidates the greatest advantage of any other state, having the most electoral votes.
“The entire State of California has a registration rate of about 101 percent of its age-eligible citizenry,” Judicial watch informed in its release. “Eleven of California’s 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100 percent of the age-eligible citizenry.”
The negligence to get the records straight could have worked to the advantage of the party with the most voters –Democrats – opening the door for fraudulent schemes.
“The lawsuit confirmed that Los Angeles County has on its rolls more than 1.5 million potentially ineligible voters,” the release continued. “This means that more than one out of every five L.A. County registrations likely belongs to a voter who has moved or is deceased. Judicial Watch notes that ‘Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country.’”
This has been going on for more than two decades.
“The Judicial Watch lawsuit also uncovered that neither the State of California nor Los Angeles County had been removing inactive voters from the voter registration rolls for the past 20 years,” the watchdog group noted. “The Supreme Court affirmed last year in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Inst.,(2018) that the NVRA ‘makes this removal mandatory.’”
Even more inactive voters …
It is contested that L.A. County has gotten away with having even more inaccurate voter rolls laden with inactive names.
“Prior to this settlement agreement, Judicial Watch estimated that – based on comparisons of national census data to voter-roll information – there were 3.5 million more names on various county voter rolls than there were citizens of voting age,” the watchdog pointed out. “This settlement could cut this number in half.”
The concerted effort to clean up elections in California was led by Judicial Watch Election Integrity Project Director Robert Popper, and his legal team has found questionable voter rolls beyond the Golden State’s borders.
“It’s only the third statewide settlement achieved by private plaintiffs under the NVRA. Judicial Watch was the plaintiff in each of those cases,” WND pointed out. “The other statewide settlements were with Ohio in 2014 and this year with Kentucky – which agreed to a court-ordered consent decree.”
Other states where voter rolls are currently in question are in the South.
“Judicial Watch also has been active on the issue in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia,” WND noted.