by Andrea Widburg
Inactive registrations are clogging up voter rolls across America, creating the risk of voter fraud affecting elections.
One of the standard jokes about Chicago politics is that a lot of people who voted Republican during their lives start voting Democrat after their deaths. Contrary to Democrats' obsession with voter suppression, the truth is that voter fraud is real, and it is, or should be, a serious concern. Thanks to Judicial Watch, we're learning that currently there are at least 2.5 million inactive registrations up for grabs around America:
Judicial Watch announced today it is continuing its efforts to force states and counties across the nation to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), by sending notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations within 90 days. Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act requires jurisdictions to take reasonable efforts to remove ineligible registrations from its rolls.These inactive voters are not just extra paper cluttering up files in various county offices. Instead, explained Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch's president, they expose American elections to the risks of significant corruption:
Despite successful litigation by Judicial Watch to bring counties and states into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, voter registration lists across the country remain significantly out of date. According to Judicial Watch's analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) this year, there are 378 counties nationwide that have more voter registrations than citizens living there and old enough to vote, i.e., counties where registration rates exceed 100%. These 378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark, which is a drop of about one million from Judicial Watch's previous analysis of voter registration data. Although San Diego County removed 500,000 inactive names from voter rolls following Judicial Watch's settlement with Los Angeles County, San Diego still has a registration rate of 117% and has one of the highest registration rates in the country.
"Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections and Judicial Watch will insist, in court if necessary, that states follow federal law to clean up their voting rolls," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Previous Judicial Watch lawsuits have already led to major cleanups in California, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio — but more needs to be done. It is common sense that voters who die or move away be removed from the voting rolls."Fitton's concerns take on special resonance when one considers that California counties are among the worst culprits. This is especially true in Central and Southern California, both regions with high populations of illegal aliens and legal green card–holders. After all, as Hillary and her supporters never stop reminding us, she may have lost the Electoral College, but she won the popular vote. And while voter fraud is bipartisan, it's still interesting to note that, per a post-election analysis, Hillary's meaningless popular vote victory came from...California:
As we noted in this space earlier, while Clinton's overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton's huge margin of victory in one state — California — where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.Because California is a one-party state, it's possible that all of Hillary's votes were legitimate. And it's also possible that, with a lot of deadwood in the county registrars' offices, they were not. Ultimately, everyone benefits when county registrars follow the law and maintain accurate, up-to-date records.
California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton's margin of victory was bigger than President Obama's in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama's 60%.
If you take California out of the popular vote equation, then Trump wins the rest of the country by 1.4 million votes. And if California voted like every other Democratic state — where Clinton averaged 53.5% wins — Clinton and Trump end up in a virtual popular vote tie.
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