Voter Roll Maintenance

The most significant problem facing America’s electoral process is the chronic and growing inaccuracy of the lists of registered voters in the country. Inaccurate voter rolls provide the oxygen for vote fraud.

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) —the wish list of the liberal voting rights lobby. Most of its provisions were designed to streamline the voter registration process, but as a compromise to get Republican support, the law contained a provision (Section 8) to protect the integrity of the electoral process and ensure accurate current voter registration rolls.

In fact, Congress specifically stated that the purpose of the federal law was to “protect the integrity of the electoral process and to ensure that accurate and current voter registration rolls are maintained.”

Unfortunately, Section 8 has not been enforced and was actively opposed by the Obama DOJ. In fact, the Obama administration actually sued the state of Florida when it sought to clean its voter rolls prior to the 2012 election, However, since 2013, the American Civil Rights Union has been using Section 8 successfully to force counties with inaccurate voter rolls to clean them up.

A report published in 2012 by the Pew Charitable Trust identified that “an estimated 2.2 million eligible Americans were unable to cast ballots due to problems with their voter registration.” The study further found approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States were no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals were listed as voters and approximately 2.75 million people had registrations in more than one state.

In 2013, the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) found that inaccurate voter lists negatively impacted the ability of people to vote and reduced the ability of political parties to monitor elections to detect election fraud and other irregularities.

Persistent reports of deceased, noncitizen, or other non-eligible individuals voting, and persons registered in more than one jurisdiction casting multiple ballots or voting across state lines in multiple states have caused a dramatic decline in voter confidence in our election process.

Accurate voter rolls are absolutely essential. Our democratic system depends on all political parties and candidates being confident that elections are conducted on a neutral field and that the winners and losers are clear.

Reasonable people can disagree about voter ID, early voting and other matters of election process and procedure, but no serious person can justify inaccurate voter rolls.

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