A Judicial Watch lawsuit successfully proved that the state was in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
Although not in time to stop ballot harvesting in the 2018 election, the case has finally come to an end and the court settlement orders California to purge approximately 1.5 million voters from their rolls, and maybe more.
The settlement agreement was signed with the State of California and the County of Los Angeles. Both are required to comply with federal law and begin removing inactive registrations from voter rolls.
“Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents.”
In the lawsuit, the group argued:
- 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 U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Los Angeles County has a registration rate of 112 percent of its adult citizen population.
- The entire State of California has a registration rate of about 101 percent of its age-eligible citizenry.
- Eleven of California’s 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100 percent of the age-eligible citizenry.
In fact, the suit confirmed that Los Angeles County “has on its rolls more than 1.5 million potentially ineligible voters. This means that more than one out of every five LA County registrations likely belongs to a voter who has moved or is deceased.”
One in five. Let that sink in.
“Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country.”
“Our lawsuit also uncovered that neither the State of California nor Los Angeles County had been removing inactive voters from the voter registration rolls for the past 20 years.”
“The Supreme Court affirmed last year in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Inst., 138 S. Ct. 1833 (2018) that the NVRA ‘makes this removal mandatory.’”
The watchdog reported, “The new settlement agreement, filed with U.S. District Court Judge Manuel L. Real, requires all of the 1.5 million potentially ineligible registrants to be notified and asked to respond.
“If there is no response, those names are to be removed as required by the NVRA. California Secretary of State Padilla also agrees to update the State’s online NVRA manual to make clear that ineligible names must be removed and to notify each California county that they are obligated to do this.”
“Prior to this settlement agreement, we estimated that based on comparisons of national census data to voter-roll information, there were 3.5 million more names on various county voter rolls than there were citizens of voting age.”
Ensuring that voter fraud doesn’t exist in any form is tough work. Many people are thankful that Judicial Watch is working on it, one state at a time, along with other cases of horrible abuse and crime.
Democrats have been accused of voter fraud in the last election, and the ballot harvesting technique in California helped ‘overturn’ many GOP wins.