Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls
'Eleven of California's 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100% of the age-eligible citizenry.'
'California has the highest rate of inactive registrations of any state in the country. Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country.'
Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5172
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the State of California over their failure to clean their voter rolls and to produce election-related records as required by the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) (Judicial Watch, Inc. et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948)). The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California's Western Division on behalf of Judicial Watch, Election Integrity Project California, Inc., and Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin, and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County.
Judicial Watch argues that the State of California and a number of its counties, including the county of Los Angeles, have registration rates exceeding 100%:
Eleven of California's 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100% of the age-eligible citizenry.
Los Angeles County has more voter registrations on its voter rolls than it has citizens who are old enough to register. Specifically, according to data provided to and published by the EAC, Los Angeles County has a registration rate of 112% of its adult citizen population.
The entire State of California has a registration rate of about 101% of its age-eligible citizenry.
Judicial Watch points out that this is due in part to the high numbers of inactive registrations that are still carried on California's voter rolls:
About 21% of all of California's voter registrations, or more than one in five, are designated as inactive.
California has the highest rate of inactive registrations of any state in the country.... Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country.
Although these inactive registrations should be removed after a statutory waiting period consisting of two general federal elections, California officials are simply refusing to do so.
Judicial Watch explains that, even though a registration is officially designated as "inactive," it may still be voted on election day and is still on the official voter registration list. The inactive registrations of voters who have moved to a different state "are particularly vulnerable to fraudulent abuse by a third party" because the voter who has moved "is unlikely to monitor the use of or communications concerning an old registration." Inactive registrations "are also inherently vulnerable to abuse by voters who plan to fraudulently double-vote in two different jurisdictions on the same election day."
Judicial Watch sent a written request for public records on November 16, 2017, and another on November 29, 2017, seeking information about "the number of inactive registrations on the voter rolls in Los Angeles County," but was told each time that there were no responsive records.