A new report on the voter rolls across the country shows that 353 U.S. counties have more people registered to vote than they have residents even eligible to vote. In fact, the study finds that there are millions too many voters on the rolls.
The news comes from government watchdog group Judicial Watch which released the results of its 2020 study that found hundreds of counties exceed 100% of eligible voters who live there.
Counties in states including Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont, seem to have serious problems with their voter rolls.
“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 said in a statement.
“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,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
For instance, L.A. County reported having up to 1.5 million inactive voters. Per Judicial Watch:
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 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,” the group added.
The group found hundreds of other counties in the same situation.
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