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1/19: An investigation into voter fraud is ongoing in Starr County, according to 229th District Attorney Omar Escobar.
1/3: A public interest watchdog put one Texas County on notice for failing to disclose noncitizen registered voter records, the group says.
“If you’re 130 years old, either find a gravestone, or call Guinness!”
One resident told officials about more than 600 people registered to vote who had died or moved.
JACKSON, MS. (January 25, 2017) —- Election officials in Mississippi’s Noxubee County, long known for corrupt election practices, signed a…
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Dec. 6, 2016) —- Philadelphia election officials are doing nothing to remove thousands of felons and other ineligible…
Florida’s Second Largest County Has More than 100 Percent of Residents Registered to Vote.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 28, 2016) — The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has filed a lawsuit alleging that officials in Broward County, Florida, have violated federal election law by failing to maintain accurate voter registration.
“When a county has more people registered to vote than there are eligible residents, it’s an open door for vote fraud,” said ACRU Chairman/CEO Susan A. Carleson. “Corrupted voter rolls are the first step to vote fraud. Broward’s Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, is not using all of the tools available to keep Florida elections clean.”
The complaint, filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation on ACRU’s behalf on Monday, asks the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division, to find Broward’s supervisor of elections in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law), “to implement reasonable and effective registration list maintenance,” and to allow the ACRU to inspect voter records.
The lawsuit notes that the county of nearly two million people, with a non-citizen population of 256,430, has removed only 18 people from the voting rolls over the last five years for lacking U.S. citizenship. Also, that 106 percent of county residents were registered to vote in 2010, and 103 percent in 2014.
“Broward was one of four Florida counties that was asked to do a recount in the 2000 presidential election,” Carleson said. “We think it’s time they cleaned up their rolls before the next one.”
The case is American Civil Rights Union and Andrea Frankel-Bellitto vs. Brenda Snipes. Andrea Frankel-Bellitto is a registered voter in Broward County.
The ACRU is the only private party to successfully sue under Motor Voter to clean up county voter rolls, winning consent decrees in Texas and Mississippi.
The ACRU is suing Philadelphia over city officials’ refusal to open voter registration records for public inspection as required by federal law.
In a complaint filed April 4 in U.S. District Court under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law), the ACRU seeks “specific records… to ascertain why Defendants have implausible percentages of active registrants as compared to age-eligible United States citizens who live in Philadelphia.”
Specifically, the ACRU seeks a court order finding the city in violation of NVRA, and requiring officials to allow inspection of voter registration records and the various means by which the city is supposed to be updating them. The ACRU had requested access to the records in a January letter to city officials.
Philadelphia voter rolls have contained an implausible number of registrants over the years with the total registered nearly exceeding the number of eligible citizens in Philadelphia. The ACRU seeks to examine why this is occurring and what can be done to ensure that only eligible citizens are voting in Philadelphia elections
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 30, 2015) – The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has settled its federal lawsuit against the Clarke County, Mississippi Election Commission, marking the third time a Mississippi county has agreed by consent decree to clean up its voter rolls.
In July, ACRU, represented by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), sued the county because it has more voters on the rolls than living citizens. The lawsuit, filed by PILF and Mississippi attorney Henry Ross, alleged a violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires maintenance of accurate voter rolls.
In 2013, the ACRU secured Section 8 agreements with Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties, and two weeks ago, on Nov. 12, sued a fourth Mississippi county, Noxubee, over its corrupted voter rolls.
The agreement between the parties was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division, on Nov. 25. The agreement requires the Commission to begin identifying and removing voters who are no longer eligible to vote in Clarke County as early as April 2016.
The ACRU originally notified the Commission by letter in June 2014 that its voter rolls were potentially in violation of federal election law. According to U.S. Census data and other public records, Clarke County, Mississippi had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting-age population of only 12,549. The Commission never responded to the notice letter.
The agreement also requires the Commission to periodically notify the ACRU in writing about the Commission’s efforts to clean up its voter rolls.
“Corrupted voter rolls have been a problem in Clarke County for years,” said ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams, who is president and general counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. “This settlement is a positive step towards a cure and should give Mississippians confidence that their legitimate votes will not be cancelled out by an ineligible voter.”
The Obama Justice Department has shut down enforcement of Section 8 of the NVRA and thus allowed voters rolls around the nation to remain corrupted and filled with ineligible registrations. The ACRU is the only private party under NVRA to successfully sue to clean up county voter rolls.