California Accused Of Turning A Blind Eye To Voter Roll Dilapidation

California faces legal scrutiny as Judicial Watch initiates legal proceedings against state election officials for their alleged failure to uphold the integrity of voter rolls.

In a lawsuit filed this month, Judicial Watch accuses California Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D) of neglecting obligations stipulated in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which mandates periodic purges of ineligible and inactive voters from registration lists.

The lawsuit reveals alarming statistics, indicating that a mere 11 registrants were expunged from voter rolls across 21 California counties between November 2020 and November 2022. Even more concerning is the revelation that 16 of these counties failed to remove a single registrant, despite collectively harboring nearly six million registrants.

Comparatively, San Diego County managed to purge over 130,000 registrants from its 2.3 million-strong voter rolls during the same period, highlighting a stark contrast in commitment to voter roll maintenance.

Moreover, Judicial Watch alleges that 16 additional counties refused to disclose removal figures, representing a significant portion of the state’s population and casting doubts on the transparency of California’s electoral processes.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton minced no words in his criticism, asserting, “Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections. And California’s voting rolls continue to be a mess,” underscoring the urgent need for reform.

This legal action follows Judicial Watch’s successful litigation against Los Angeles County last year, which resulted in the removal of over 1.2 million inactive registrants from voter rolls. Fitton hailed the settlement as a “historic victory” in safeguarding California elections against fraud risks.

Under the terms of the settlement, Los Angeles County committed to annual reporting of removed inactive voters, emphasizing the importance of regular maintenance to uphold electoral integrity.

With its latest lawsuit, Judicial Watch seeks to compel similar reforms in counties where voter roll maintenance has been lax, emphasizing the critical role of robust electoral oversight in preserving democratic principles.

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