Who Will Clean Up America’s Voter Rolls?

Who Will Clean Up America's Voter Rolls?

By Mark Hemingway

July 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES County has too many voters. An estimated 1.6 million, according to the latest calculations – which is roughly the population of Philadelphia. That’s the difference between the number of people on the county’s voter rolls and its total of voting-age residents.

And as Mark Hemingway reports for RealClearInvestigations, the county is not alone:

Ten of California’s 58 counties also have registration rates exceeding 100 precent of the voting age population.
Thirty-eight states have counties where voter registration rates exceed 100 precent.
Eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have total voter registration tallies exceeding 100 precent.
This echoes a 2012 Pew study that found that 24 million voter registrations in the United States, about one out of every eight, are “no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate” – a number greater than the current population of Florida or New York state.

Hemingway reports that inaccurate voter rolls are not only an invitation to fraud they may also be a violation of federal laws that require states to maintain accurate voter rolls. And yet, officials from both parties – in red and blue states, in urban and rural counties – are doing the bare minimum.

Still, Democrats have especially aggressive in resisting such efforts, casting them as “voter suppression.” The Obama Justice Department did so little to enforce the law that that the Justice Department inspector General investigated the matter. And Stacey Abrams maintains the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia was stolen by her opponent, now Gov. Brian Kemp, because he removed more than a million inactive voters from the rolls while serving as Georgia’s Secretary of State.